Biological Investigations Lab Manual

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 2010-01-27
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science Engineering
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The lead author of eight successful previous editions has brought together a team that combined, has well over 60 years experience in offering beginning biology labs to several thousand students each year at Iowa State University. Their experience and diverse backgrounds ensure that this extensively revised edition will meet the needs of a new generation of students.Designed to be used with all majors-level general biology textbooks, the included labs are investigative, using both discovery- and hypothesis-based science methods. Students experimentally investigate topics, observe structure, use critical thinking skills to predict and test ideas, and engage in hands-on learning. Students are often asked, "what evidence do you have that..." in order to encourage them to think for themselves. By emphasizing investigative, quantitative, and comparative approaches to the topics, the authors continually emphasize how the biological sciences are integrative, yet unique.An instructor's manual, available through McGraw-Hill Lab Central, provides detailed advice based on the authors' experience on how to prepare materials for each lab, teachings tips and lesson plans, and questions that can be used in quizzes and practical exams. This manual is an excellent choice for colleges and universities that want their students to experience the breadth of modern biology.

Table of Contents

Science: A Way of Knowing
Using Microscopes
Cellular Structure Reflects Function
Membranes, Diffusion, and Osmosis
Using Quantitative Techniques
Visualizing Biological Molecules
Determining the Properties of an Enzyme
Measuring Cellular Respiration
Investigating Photosynthesis
Mitosis and Chromosome Number
Modeling Meiosis and Determining Cross-Over Frequency
Analyzing Fruit Fly Phenotypes and Genotypes
Interchapter: An Outline of Sterile Technique
Isolating DNA and Transformation with Plasmids
Modeling Processes in Evolution and Mutagenesis
Investigating Bacterial Diversity
Evolution of Eukarya and Diverse Protists
Ancestral and Derived Characteristics of Seedless Plants
Derived Characteristics of Seed Plants
Investigating Fungal Diversity and Symbiotic Relationships
From Basal to Bilateral Animals
Lophotrochozoa: Increased Complexity
Ecdysozoa: Simple and Complex
Deuterostomes and the Origins of Vertebrates
Investigating Plant Cells and Tissues
Investigating Functional Anatomy of Vascular Plants
Investigating Pollination, Development, and Dispersal
Interchapter: Investigating Animal Form and Function
Investigating Digestive, Renal, and Reproductive Systems
Investigating Circulatory Systems
Investigating Gas Exchange Systems
Investigating the Properties of Muscle and Skeletal Systems
Investigating Nervous and Sensory Systems
Investigating Early Events in Animal Development
Estimating Population Size and Growth
Significant Figures and Rounding
Making Graphs
Simple Statistics
Writing Lab Reports and Scientific Writing
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