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1 1-A Introduction to Biology

2 I. Introductory Terms Science: An organized way of using evidence, based on observations, to learn about the natural world. Observations: Information gathered using the senses. 1.Quantitative- involves numbers or measurements 2. Qualitative-involves characteristics or descriptions not easily measured or counted.

3 C. Biology: The study of life (living things)
D. Organism: a complete individual living thing 1.Examples: spider, tree, etc.

4 It exhibits all of the characteristics of life
2.How do we know if something is living? It exhibits all of the characteristics of life

5 II. Characteristics of living things
Living things are Made up of units called cells Cell = basic unit of structure and function in all living things Multicellular = many cells Unicellular = 1 cell (like bacteria)

6 Living things Reproduce
Asexual – 1 parent, no joining of sex cells or DNA Sexual – usually 2 parents, sex cells joined and DNA combined

7 Living things Grow & develop
Cell division Cell enlargement Cell specialization Living things Respond to stimuli

8 E.Living things Use energy
Autotroph: make own food (plants) Heterotroph: eat something Metabolism: chemical reactions that build up or break down materials

9 Living things Maintain homeostasis
Regulation of an organism’s internal environment Optimizes conditions for metabolism

10 Living things display organization
Cell structures, cells, tissues, and organs work together to support the organism Living things Evolve over time Adaptation: an inherited characteristic that results from changes to a species over time, usually something that helps them survive

11 If something is living, how many of these characteristics must it have?

12 III. The Scientific Method - logical and organized methods of scientific study. SCHyTCo!!

13 State the problem The problem must specify how the results can be measured Format: What effect does the Independent (manipulated) Variable have on Dependant (responding) Variable? IV: The variable being tested DV: results of experiment, what you will be measuring.

14 Good or bad example? How does drinking pop affect concentration? Better --> How does drinking mountain dew affect concentration in class? Best --> How does drinking 1 can of mountain dew affect performance on a memory test?

15 Collect Background Info – research your problem.
What things would you research for the mountain dew example? Ex. Amount of caffeine, how caffeine works, how memory works, etc.

16 Hypothesis = possible solution to problem; an educated guess based on background information
Ex: scores on memory tests will be lower after drinking mountain dew

17 Test the hypothesis (experiment)
Controlled experiment – all conditions the same except one variable Experimental group – group exposed to the variable Control group – not exposed to the variable, used as a comparison Number of trials: how many times the experiment is repeated

18 Conclusions Data – scientific facts collected during experiment Tables, graphs, charts Statistics – math that evaluates data Ex. Average growth rate of frogs during development

19 F. Definitions: Theory:
An explanation of how a specific natural phenomenon occurs A former hypothesis that has been tested with repeated experiments and observations and found always to work Law: a rule that describes, but doesn’t explain, a pattern in nature and predicts what will happen under specific conditions

20 IV. Metric system basics
Base units of the metric system Length = meter Mass = gram Volume = liter Time = second Temperature = degrees Celsius

21 Common metric system prefixes used in Biology
Kilo = 1,000 Centi = 1/100 Milli = 1/1,000 Micro = 1 millionth Nano = 1 billionth

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