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Biology, the science of life, concentrates on the structure, function, distribution, adaptation, interactions, origins and evolution of living organisms, a grouping which encapsulates both plants and animals. Biology 101 will encompass the principles of biology that include the structure and function of the cell to the complexities of current Ecological issues. Topics will include: Methods of Biological Studies, Chemistry Fundamentals, Cell Biology, The Study of Genetics (Heredity and Molecular), Origin and Principles of Evolution, the Dynamics of Populations, Ecosystem Structures and other Ecology Topics.
This course is an excellent learning resource for the college or pre-college student. This logical and easy to understand class is divided into self-paced lessons, complimented with well-written text, diagrams, critical-thinking assignments and end of lesson review exams. This course is a wonderful, stand-alone resource covering all concepts in biology, and can also be used as a comprehensive review or a personalized tutor.
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Lesson 1: Introduction to the Study of BiologyBiology, the study of life in all its manifestations, initially focused mainly upon disease and its treatment.
Lesson 2: Scientific MethodAll through history, individuals have employed methodologies of science in their attempts to discover new facts about nature. It is generally accepted that science is based upon a productive kind of methodology called the scientific method.
Lesson 3: Characteristics of Living ThingsLife cannot be defined in such terms as weight, volume, or wavelength, nor can it be said that life is a liquid, solid, or gas. No doubt this baffling nature of life contributes in large measure to the fascination biology holds for many individuals.
Lesson 4: The Role of Chemistry in BiologyOne of the longest standing debates in biology is the question of whether proteins or nucleic acids came first in the evolution of the first forms of life.
Lesson 5: Chemistry BasicsTo start from the very beginning, the entire universe is made up of what are referred to as atoms.
Lesson 6: Biochemistry and other Bio-SciencesBiochemists focus solely on the chemical attributes of biology in trying to explain various biological phenomena, whereas biologists study biological systems more broadly.
Lesson 7: Comparison of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cell StructuresThe term prokaryote ("before nucleus") currently is used in reference to bacteria and a group of simple photosynthetic cells called blue-green algae. Cells of all other organisms contain nuclei and are termed eukaryotes ("true nucleus").
Lesson 8: Energy Conversion in Eykaryotic CellsWhether potential energy is made available for work by a reaction, or work is done to transform some other kind of energy into potential energy, some energy is always lost in the process.
Lesson 9: Mendel's Laws and Modern Genetic TerminologyThe observations of Gregor Mendel on heredity in the edible garden pea represent the first disciplined, analytical inquiry into the mechanism of inheritance.
Lesson 10: Patterns of InheritanceMendel was the first to present evidence for the existence of genes as particulate or material entities.
Lesson 11: The Genetics of ABO and Rh Blood GroupsSome human blood characteristics, or blood groups, correspond to a multiple allele pattern of inheritance.
Lesson 12: Molecular GeneticsIt was in 1884 that Eduard Strasburger, Oscar Hertwig, and Walter Flemming first developed the idea that genetic material was carried in what are called chromosomes.
Lesson 13: How DNA and RNA WorkTranscription is the process by which RNA is created. As it has been previously stated, while DNA can self-replicate, RNA cannot.
Lesson 14: Why Genes Matter to YouYour genetic sequence is entirely unique. There is no one else in the world, nor has there been anyone in the history of the world, with the exact genetic sequence you have in your DNA.
Lesson 15: Introduction to the Study of the Origins of LifeThere are many different theories about the origin of life, ranging from life originating from spontaneous generation to life beginning in deep sea thermal vents or bacterial life arising from different parts of the universe.
Lesson 16: Fundamentals of Life OriginsThe theory of spontaneous generation proposes that life originated from inanimate matter other than seeds, eggs or parents.
Lesson 17: Other Considerations in the Search of LifeScientists always look for water when they search for life on Earth and in space.
Lesson 18: The Development of an Evolutionary Principle: A Selective Overview of the HistoryAristotle first developed his natural philosophy, the precursor to science.
Lesson 19: How Evolution WorksDarwin's concept of natural selection provided the framework for how evolution did not occur randomly.
Lesson 20: SpeciationWhen evolutionary changes become so substantial that, by comparative anatomy, two groups of one species become too distinct to be placed in the same category, this results in speciation.
Lesson 21: Accompanying Evolutionary ConceptsWhen a particular trait within an organism proves beneficial in the face of the pressures of natural selection, this is called adaptation.
Lesson 22: Modern Evidence for Evolution and Common AncestryGregor Mendel and the rise of the science of genetics was perhaps the greatest boost to evolutionary theorists, as the study of genetics provided an explanation of how evolution actually worked.
Lesson 23: Why We're Here TodayHuman beings evolved, just like every other organism on the planet, from ancestor organisms.
Lesson 24: Dynamics of PopulationWhen we talk about studying the dynamics of population, we're talking about quantifying the way population changes, both in the long and in the short term.
Lesson 25: Human Population DynamicsBecause humans are far more unpredictable, it's more difficult to predict human population growth and decline than it is to predict animal or plant population growth or decline.
Lesson 26: Ecosystem StructureStudying the relationship between organisms and their abiotic environment helps us understand different kinds of adaptational processes.
Lesson 27: The Flow of Energy in EcosystemsWhen describing good webs, we must make some boundary to the system of interest, otherwise the entire planet will be united in a single web.
Lesson 28: Major EcosystemsThis lesson explores the major ecosystems; marine, aquatic, estuarine, and terrestrial.
Lesson 29: Biochemical CyclesAs energy flows through a food web, it is involved in chemical reactions at each trophic level, whereby atoms are combined, separated, and recombined.
Lesson 30: SuccessionIf left alone, the fresh scar of bare earth left by a landslip will gather a mantle of green as grasses and herbs sprout.
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