Biology : Concepts and Investigations

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-01-04
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
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Book Description:This new non-majors biology textbook offers an engaging writing style, strong focus on scientific inquiry and evolution, an emphasis on applications and a superior pedagogical system within a concepts format. Content:This text takes a concepts approach, with up-to-date content delivered at a nonmajors level. Each chapter is built around a set of core concepts. Authorship:This is the only single-authored, non-majors text written by a Ph.D. biologist, who is an active, award-winning teacher from a well-respected research university. Scientific Inquiry:This text emphasizes science as a process and how scientists do their work. Evolution:Evolution is the central theme of the text and addressed in multiple ways throughout. Media:This text includes a multitude of media assets include learning outcomes, animations, videos, and quizzing. Applications:The text several features that highlight the relevance of topics to readers, including an opening essay, Burning Questions boxed readings, Can You Relate boxed readings, and applications woven throughout all chapters in the narrative. Art/Visuals:This text includes a brand new art program with a 3-dimensional look and feel, using consistent color and style throughout. Pedagogy:Leaning tools in this text include two-page chapter openers, numbered concepts, boxed readings, Mastering Concepts questions at the end of major sections, and substantive end-of-chapter assessment material. About the Author:Marielle Hoefnagels is assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches nonmajors courses in biology and microbiology, and a course on fungi for advanced botany and microbiology majors. She earned her B.S. in environmental science from the University of California at Riverside, her M.S. in soil science from North Carolina State University, and her Ph.D. in Botany and Plant Pathology from Oregon State University.

Table of Contents

Unit 1: Science, Chemistry, and Cells

1. The Scientific Study of Life

2. The Chemistry of Life

3. Cell Structure and Function

4. The Energy of Life

5. Photosynthesis

6. How Cells Release Energy

Unit 2: Biotechnology, Genetics, and Inheritance

7. DNA Structure and Gene Function

8. DNA Replication, Mitosis, and the Cell Cycle

9. Sexual Reproduction and Meiosis

10. Patterns of Inheritance

Unit 3: The Evolution of Life

11. The Forces of Evolutionary Change

12. Evidence of Evolution

13. Speciation and Extinction

14. The Origin and History of Life

Unit 4: The Diversity of Life

15. Viruses

16. Bacteria and Archaea

17. Protists

18. Plants

19. Fungi

20. Animals

Unit 5: Plant Life

21. Plant Form and Function

22. Plant Nutrition and Transport

23. Reproduction and Development of Flowering Plants

Unit 6: Animal Life

24. Animal Tissues and Organ Systems

25. The Nervous System

26. The Senses

27. The Endocrine System

28. The Skeletal and Muscular Systems

29. The Circulatory System

30. The Respiratory System

31. Digestion and Nutrition

32. Regulation of Temperature and Body Fluids

33. The Immune System

34. Animal Reproduction and Development

Unit 7: The Ecology of Life

35. Animal Behavior

36. Population Ecology

37. Communities and Ecosystems

38. The Biosphere

39. Preserving Biodiversity

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