Biology: Concepts and Applications (Cloth with InfoTrac and CD-ROM) / Edition 5

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Overview

This best-selling text is designed to help students understand biology by engaging them in learning in every way possible. The book's extensive array of multimedia resources enriches the book's hallmark features: unique visuals on every page, applications in every chapter that show how biology is inextricably linked to everyday life, and activities and resources throughout the book that encourage critical thinking and spark curiosity in biological investigation. CD-ROM and segments on the FREE accompanying interactive CD-ROM, as well as CNN Today Videos, Web links, and reading from the InfoTrac College Edition library are all integrated with the text to support, illuminate, and reinforce the text. Cecie Starr's visuals work hand in hand with her clear writing. Each basic concept appears as a one- or two-page concept spread. This format helps student focus on information in manageable easy-to-understand segments. Main points are laid out clearly, summarized, and reinforced by visuals. The carefully written transitions between Concept Spreads help students grasp how each concept fits into the whole story. In the process, students develop an understanding of biology's amazing diversity and underlying unity.

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This introductory textbook focuses on the principles of cellular life, inheritance, evolution, biodiversity, plant structure and function, animal structure and function, and ecology and behavior. An introductory chapter introduces basic concepts and methods in the study of biology. Appendixes outline classification schemes, units of measure, major metabolic pathways, and the periodic table of elements. Color photographs and other illustrations are featured throughout. An accompanying CD-ROM contains supplementary material. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534385491
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/8/2002
  • Series: Available Titles CengageNOW Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 880
  • Product dimensions: 9.46 (w) x 11.21 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

For the past two decades, Cecie Starr has been known as one of the best-selling biology textbook authors. Her texts, appreciated for their clarity in both the written word and the visual representation of biological concepts, include multiple editions of Biology: the Unity and Diversity of Life, Biology: Concepts and Applications, and Biology Today and Tomorrow. Her original dream was to become an architect. Instead of building houses, she now builds, with care and attention to detail, incredible texts based on this philosophy: "I invite students into a chapter through an intriguing story. Once inside, they get the great windows that biologists construct on the world of life. Biology is not just another house. It is a conceptual mansion. I hope to do it justice."

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Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Concepts and Methods in Biology. Part I: PRINCIPLES OF CELLULAR LIFE. 2. Chemical Foundations for Cells. 3. Carbon Compounds in Cells. 4. Cell Structure and Function. 5. Ground Rules of Metabolism. 6. How Cells Acquire Energy. 7. How Cells Release Stored Energy. Part II: PRINCIPLES OF INHERITANCE. 8. Cell Division and Mitosis. 9. Meiosis. 10. Observable Patterns of Inheritance. 11. Chromosomes and Human Genetics. 12. DNA Structure and Function. 13. From DNA to Proteins. 14. Controls Over Genes. 15. Recombinant DNA and Genetic Engineering. Part III: PRINCIPLES OF EVOLUTION. 16. Microevolution. 17. Speciation. 18. The Macroevolutionary Puzzle. Part IV: EVOLUTION AND BIODIVERSITY. 19. The Origin and Evolution of Life. 20. Prokaryotes, Viruses, and Protistans. 21. Fungi. 22. Plants. 23. Animals: The Invertebrates. 24. Animals: The Vertebrates. 25. Biodiversity in Perspective. Part V: PLANT STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION. 26. Plant Tissues. 27.Plant Nutrition and Transport. 28. Plant Reproduction and Development. Part VI: ANIMAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION. 29. Tissues, Organ Systems, and Homeostasis. 30. Integration and Control: Nervous Systems. 31. Sensory Reception. 32. Endocrine Control. 33. Protection, Support, and Movement. 34. Circulation. 35. Immunity. 36. Respiration. 37. Digestion and Human Nutrition. 38. The Internal Environment. 39. Animal Reproduction And Development. PART VII: ECOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR. 40. Population Ecology. 41. Social Interactions. 42. Community Interactions. 43. Ecosystems. 44. The Biosphere. 45. Human Impact on the Biosphere. Appendix I: Classification Scheme. Appendix II: Units of Measure. Appendix III: Answers to Self-Quizzes. Appendix IV: Answers to Genetics Problems. Appendix V: A Closer Look At Some Major Metabolic Pathways. Appendix VI: Periodic Table of the Elements.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2010

    Recommended

    I found the book easy to follow (high school senior), but it lacked in depth detail of particular topics.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    very difficult book, how can high schoolers understand this

    I think I know sufficient high school chemistry and biochemistry being over 25 years in the business of biology physiology and medicine. I got in contact with this book, when my daughter in 9th grade had to read about molecules. This chapter is totally confusing with alkanes without explaining alcanes, sugars without explaining what a sugar is, polysugars without discerning why they are different, polyalcohols withot explaining what an alcohol is, fatty acids and then suddenly sex hormones and the casual existence of the double helix. This is the most confusing book I ever held in my hands. This book is neither useful as base line text nor to review specific biologic functions down to the molecular level. I would consider this at most as waste of paper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2002

    Informative and Interesting- But Expensive

    Even though the paperback version was available 6-7 months earlier, all my school's bookstore had was hardcovers. The book is good and uses lots of examples and pictures. 100 bucks or 26 bucks? That is the question.

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