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Biology A Laboratory Guide to the Natural World

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Benjamin Cummings
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As energy crises, environmental mismanagement, and disease outbreaks increase in our world, an understanding of biology is becoming more important than ever. These laboratory exercises give readers a greater understanding of themselves and of current issues in a biological context.Explores the natural world through Web-based exercises and inquiry-based investigation. Focuses on the scientific method and on science as a process. Features end-of-chapter Web exercises. References other human endeavors such as art, literature, and history. Offers a new exercise in human evolution incorporating recent paleontological discoveries. Presents more information on various animal groups. Approximately 10% of problems revised and rewritten for greater clarity and less redundancy.A useful source for science teachers (grades 7-12) and for anyone interested in learning more about biology.

Table of Contents

Science as a Way of Learning
Experimental Design
A Library Exercise in the Scientific Method
Effects of Nutrients on Plant Growth
Extended 5 week exercise
Science and Technology
Web exercise
Natural History
Observing Nature
Extended exercise
Natural History in Art
Natural History in Literature
Essential Parts
Biological Molecules
The Nature of Organic Compounds
Benedicts Test for Simple Sugars
Iodine Test for Starch
Enzymatic Digestion of Starch
Sudan Test for Lipids
Biuret Test for Proteins
Colorimetric Assay
Composition of an Unknown Substance
Continuous with previous exercises
Microscopy and Basic Cell Structure
Parts of the Microscope
The Letter E
Crossed Threads
The Dissecting Microscope
Plant Cells
Animal Cells
Pond Water
Diffusion and Osmosis
The Effect of Molecular Weight on Diffusion
Osmosis in Animal Cells
Osmosis in Plant Cells
The Effects of Osmosis on Plant Tissues
Proteins and Enzymes
Cheese Production Using Enzymes
Converting Cheese to Amino Acids
Effect of pH on Enzyme Activity
Effect of Temperature on Enzyme Activity
Continuous with
The Effects of Enzymes on Your Dinner
Enzyme Deficiencies
Web exercise
Deriving Energy from Food
Alcoholic Fermentation: Carbon Dioxide Production by Yeast
Heat Production by Living Organisms
Oxygen Consumption During Cellular Respiration
Effects of Carbon Dioxide and Light on Photosynthesis
Carbon Dioxide Consumption by Elodea
Photosynthetic Pigments
Cell Division
Mitosis Simulation
Meiosis Simulation
Plant Mitosis
Animal Mitosis
Mendelian Genetics
The Monohybrid Cross
Extended 5 week exercise
Chi-Square Analysis
Continuous with
The Dihybrid Cross and Chi-Square Analysis
Restriction Enzymes and Electrophoresis of DNA
Outbreak! Fingerprinting Virus DNA
Extended 2 week exercise
Evolution and Classification
Natural Selection
Detecting Evolution: The Hardy-Weinberg Equation
Genetic Drift: The Founder Effect
Human Evolution: Quantitative Skull Assessment
Human Evolution: Qualitative Skull Assessment
Continuous with
Shaking our Family Tree
Evolution and Creationism
Web exercise
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