For one-semester, non-majors, introductory biology courses with a human focus.
This manual offers a unique, extensively class-tested approach to introductory biology laboratory. A full range of activities show how basic biological concepts can be applied to a wide variety of plants, animals, and microorganisms. The exercises are designed to stimulate curiosity and provide understanding of the processes of investigation that are basic to science. This helps students to: 1) gain practical experience that will help them understand lecture concepts, 2) acquire the basic knowledge needed to make informed decisions about biological questions that arise in everyday life, 3) develop the problem-solving skills that will lead to success in school and in a competitive job market, and 4) learn to work effectively and productively as a member of a team.
Table of Contents
Exercise 1. Introduction to the Scientific Method.
Exercise 2. Interdependency Among Organisms.
Exercise 3. Windows to a Microscopic World.
Exercise 4. Functions and Properties of Cells.
Exercise 5. Investigating Cellular Respiration.
Exercise 6. Nutrient Analysis of Foods.
Exercise 7. Factors that Affect Enzyme Activity.
Exercise 8. Functions of Tissues and Organs I.
Exercise 9. Functions of Tissues and Organs II.
Exercise 10. Introduction to Anatomy: Dissecting the Fetal Pig.
Exercise 11. Organs of the Abdominal Cavity.
Exercise 12. The Circulatory System.
Exercise 13. Introduction to Forensic Biology.
Exercise 14. Mitosis and Asexual Reproduction.
Exercise 15. Connecting Meiosis and Genetics.
Exercise 16. Useful Applications of Genetics.
Exercise 17. Introduction to Molecular Genetics.
Exercise 18. Biotechnology: DNA Analysis.
Exercise 19. Using Biotechnology to Assess Ecosystem Damage.
Exercise 20. Population Ecology.
Appendix I. Self-Test Answers.
Appendix II. Landfill Report.