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This self-contained laboratory book provides thorough background information and clear directions for conducting experiments and activities. Readers not only learn basic biological concepts but also gain experience using the scientific method. Includes 41 self-contained exercises and over 250 figures. Exercises cover the following areas: enzymes, photosynthesis, cell division, fungi, terrestrial plants, blood and circulation, digestion, the skeletal system, heredity, DNA fingerprinting, and evolution to name a few. For those who are interested in introductory biology and want to gain hands-on experience conducting experiments covering basic biological concepts.

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Designed for use with any general biology textbook, this laboratory manual provides 41 experiments suitable for 2-to-3 hour laboratory sessions over a full year course. The changes to the ninth edition are minor. Some color photographs are provided. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
First published in 1973, this textbook is designed for use in the laboratory component of an introductory general biology course. Exercises are self-contained and allow students to work relatively independently. Includes some 250 color and b&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130930316
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Fundamentals

Exercise 1: Orientation

Exercise 2: The Microscope

Part II: Cell Biology

Exercise 3: The Cell

Exercise 4: Chemical Aspects

Exercise 5: Diffusion and Osmosis

Exercise 6: Enzymes

Exercise 7: Photosynthesis

Exercise 8: Cellular Respiration and Fermentation

Exercise 9: Cell Division

Part III: Diversity of Organisms

Exercise 10: Prokaryotes and Protists

Exercise 11: Green, Brown and Red Algae

Exercise 12: Fungi

Exercise 13: Terrestrial Plants

Exercise 14: Simple Animals

Exercise 15: Mollusks, Segmented Worms and Arthropods

Exercise 16: Echinoderms and Chordates

Part IV: Animal Biology

Exercise 17: Dissection of the Frog

Exercise 18: Dissection of the Fetal Pig

Exercise 19: Blood and Circulation

Exercise 20: Gas Exchange

Exercise 21: Digestion

Exercise 22: Excretion

Exercise 23: Neural Control

Exercise 24: Sensory Perception in Humans

Exercise 25: Chemical Control in Animals

Exercise 26: The Skeletal System

Exercise 27: Muscles and Movement

Exercise 28: Reproduction in Vertebrates

Exercise 29: Fertilization and Development

Exercise 30: Early Embryology of the Chick

Exercise 31: Structure of Flowering Plants

Exercise 32: Transport in Plants

Exercise 33: Chemical Control in Plants

Exercise 34: Heredity

Exercise 35: Molecular and Chromosomal Genetics

Exercise 36: DNA Fingerprinting

Exercise 37: Evolution

Exercise 38: Evolutionary Mechanisms

Exercise 39: Ecological Relationships

Exercise 40: Population Growth

Exercise 41: Animal Behavior

Appendix A. Common Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root Words

Appendix B. Common Metric Units and Temperature Conversions

Appendix C. Oil-Immersion Technique

Appendix D. Classification of Organisms

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The ninth edition of Explorations in Basic Biology, like earlier editions, is designed for use in the laboratory component of introductory general biology courses. It is compatible with any modern biology textbook. The exercises provide a variety of options for either one- or two-semester courses and one-, two-, or three-quarter courses. The exercises are appropriate for three-hour laboratory sessions, but they are also adaptable to a two-hour laboratory format.

Explorations in Basic Biology is designed to simplify the work of instructors and to enhance learning by students.


  1. The forty-one exercises provide a wide range of options for the instructor, and the range of activities within an exercise further increases the available options. Several exercises contain investigative portions that ask students to design and conduct experiments on their own, at the discretion of the instructor.
  2. Each exercise is basically self-directing, which allows students to work independently without continuous assistance by the instructor.
  3. Each exercise and its major subunits are self-contained so that the instructor may arrange the sequence of exercises, or the activities within an exercise, to suit his or her preferences. In addition, portions of an exercise may be deleted without negatively affecting the continuity of the exercise.
  4. Each exercise begins with a list of Objectives that outlines the minimum learning responsibilities of the student.
  5. The text of each exercise starts with a discussion of background information that is necessary to (a) understand the subject of the exerciseand (b) prepare the student for the activities that follow. The inclusion of the background information minimizes the need for introductory explanations and ensures that all lab sections receive the same background information.
  6. Over 250 illustrations are provided to enhance students' understanding of both background information and laboratory procedures. New key terms are in bold print for easy recognition by students.
  7. Before beginning the laboratory activities, students are asked to demonstrate their understanding of the background information by labeling illustrations and completing the portion of the laboratory report that covers this material.
  8. The required Materials (equipment and supplies) are listed for each activity in the exercise. This list helps the student to obtain the needed materials and guides the laboratory technician in setting up the laboratory. The exercises utilize standard equipment and materials that are available in most biology departments.
  9. Activities to be performed by students are identified by an Assignment heading that clearly distinguishes activities to be performed from the background information. The assignment sections are numbered sequentially within each exercise and on the laboratory report to facilitate identification and discussion.
  10. Laboratory procedures are clearly described in a stepwise manner within each assignment section.
  11. A Laboratory Report is provided for most exercises to guide and reinforce students' learning. The laboratory reports not only provide a place for students to record observations, impressions, collected data, and conclusions but they also provide a convenient means of assessing student understanding.

Each of the diversity exercises (Exercises 10 to 16) includes a minipracticum section on the laboratory report. This challenges students to use knowledge gained in the laboratory session to identify organisms on the basis of their recognition characteristics, and it gives them a taste of a laboratory practicum.


Exercise 3, The Cell, now includes better coverage of prokaryotic cell structure.

Exercise 10, Prokaryotic and Protists, introduces the three domains of the biotic world in classifying organism.

Exercise 11, Fungi, now includes Fungi Imperfecti.

Exercise 12, Green, Brown and Red Algae, has been reorganized and significantly improved.

Exercise 23, Neural Control, now includes an experiment to show that dim light produces a slowed visual reaction time.

Portions of many other exercises have been rewritten to update the information and to improve clarity.

Twenty figures are either new or improved to enhance student learning.

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