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Biology : Understanding Life

Biology : Understanding Life - 3rd edition

Biology : Understanding Life - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 9780763708375

ISBN10: 0763708372

Biology : Understanding Life by Sandra Alters - ISBN 9780763708375
Cover type: Hardback
Edition: 3RD 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
International: No
Biology : Understanding Life by Sandra Alters - ISBN 9780763708375

ISBN13: 9780763708375

ISBN10: 0763708372

Cover type: Hardback
Edition: 3RD 00

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Biology: Understanding Life, 3/e has been conceptualized, written, and revised with one goal in mind: helping students understand and learn about biology and how it relates to their everyday lives. In doing this, Biology: Understanding Life, 3/e offers an integrated teaching and learning program that will help students understand biological concepts, make the material relevant to their lives, help develop their critical thinking skills, and meet the incredibly diverse learning styles of today's students. Recognizing these diverse learning styles, an effort was made to incorporate a wide range of non-text learning aids, including an extensive text-specific web site, an instructors lecture presentation CD-ROM, an interactive student CD-ROM, and a student video. The results should not be thought of a just another General Biology text, but rather a complete biology program, unlike any other that has ever been developed.

Each chapter is organized around a few broad conceptual statements that appear in "file folders''at the top of the page. A series of numbered, self-contained sections fall within each conceptual area. Each section places the illustrations and photos near the associated text material so that it is possible to use the words, diagrams, illustrations, and photos together to learn new concepts.

An effective use of analogies helps students recall what they already know about science concepts and construct meaning of new ones based on their existing knowledge and experiences.

As part of the text-specific web site, the Expanding Your Understanding sections give students insight into products and processes of science today. For more information on this dynamic web site please visit

The systems chapters now begin with comparative anatomy and physiology sections to help students follow along easily and see a "complete picture''of several groups of animals. Information on plants is also included within many of these sections to illustrate how plant systems compare to animal systems described in the chapter.

Concept summaries and chapter summaries help students identify key ideas and focus on the main issues.

Each Part of the book begins with a current issue in biology with social significance as a way of encouraging research and discussion, thereby developing critical thinking skills and making biology relevant to students' lives.

The systems chapters, which focus on humans, appear early in the book and help students relate biological concepts to their own lives. Many of these chapters contain Health Connections sections as well, further assisting with this connection.

How Science Works boxes give students insight into the applications, processes, and methodologies of science as well as the tools and discoveries of scientists.

The end-of-chapter questions span a hierarchy of question types that provide a variety of methods to assess student learning so that they may build learning portfolios to reflect their academic progress. These question types include Knowledge-level questions that center on recalling information, Comprehension-level questions that focus on testing student understanding, Critical Thinking questions that require students to synthesize multiple concepts, and a unique e-learning section that requires
students to make use of the Internet in order to answer the questions being asked.

Visual Summary Figures have been designed to show students "the big picture''and summarize related concepts in one location using a visual format.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

I. An Introduction

1. How Scientists Do Their Work
2. Biology: Understanding Life
3. The Chemistry of Life

II. Cells and How They Function

4. Cell Structure and Function
5. The Flow of Energy within Organisms
6. Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis

III. Systems

7. Tissues
8. Digestion
9. Respiration
10. Circulation
11. Defense Against Diseases
12. Excretion
13. Nerve Cells and How They Transmit Information
14. The Nervous System
15. Senses
16. Protection, Support, and Movement
17. Hormones

IV. Genetics, Reproduction, and Development

18. DNA, Gene Expression, and Cell Reproduction
19. Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
20. Patterns of Inheritance
21. Human Genetics
22. Sex and Reproduction
23. Development Before Birth

V. How Species Change Over Time

24. The Scientific Evidence for Evolution
25. The Evolution of the Five Kingdoms of Life

VI. An Overview of the Five Kingdoms

26. Viruses and Bacteria
27. Protists and Fungi
28. Plants: Reproductive Patterns and Diversity
29. Plants: Patterns of Structure and Function
30. Invertebrates
31. Chordates and Vertebrates

VII. Interactions Among the Organisms and with the Environment

32. Behavior
33. Population Ecology
34. Interactions within Communities
35. Ecosystems
36. Biomes and Life Zones of the World
37. The Biosphere: Today and Tomorrow

Other Editions of Biology : Understanding Life

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