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This new brief primer saves classroom time and frustration by helping students quickly prepare for their microbiology course. The hands-on workbook gets students up to speed with study skills, basic math review, microbiology terminology, basic chemistry, basic biology, basic cell biology, and the basics of microbiology. Each topic includes a pre-test, guided explanations, interactive quizzes and exercises, and end-of-chapter cumulative tests.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321592507
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
  • Publication date: 10/7/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

About the Authors xi

1 Study Skills Feeding Your Brain 1

Why Should I Study Microbiology? 3

Learning Styles 4

Getting Ready 10

Lecture 14

Taking Notes 15

How to Read a Textbook 18

In the Lab 19

Outside of Class 21

The Study Group 30

The Study Environment 31

Study Time 33

Test Taking 34

Individual Accountability 41

2 Basic Math Review Crunching The Numbers 45

Math in Science 46

Basic Math Operations 47

Finding the Mean 49

Fractions, Decimals, and Percents 51

Understanding Exponents 61

Ratios 63

The Metric System 64

Basic Measurement 69

Tables, Graphs, and Charts 72

3 Terminology The ABC's of Microbiology 81

Understanding the Language 82

Types of Terms 85

Building Descriptive Terms 88

4 Chemistry The Science of Stuff 107

The Biological Hierarchy of Organization 109

Chemistry Is Important 111

Matter 111

Elements 112

Atomic Structure 113

Periodic Table of the Elements 118

Chemical Interactions 121

Chemical Bonding 122

Organic Compounds 133

Chemical Reactions 134

5 Biology Basics How Life Works 139

Basic Biological Principles 140

Classification 149

The Scientific Method 151

6 Cell Biology Life's Little Factories 157

Organelles and Cells 159

The Cytoplasmic Membrane 161

The Ribosome and Protein Synthesis 169

Cell Organelles of Eukaryotes 171

How Prokaryotic Cells Differ 178

7 Microbiology Basics Tiny Organisms of Huge Importance 187

Importance of Microorganisms 190

Naming Microorganisms 192

More Microbes 195

How Bacteria Work 198

Microbial Control 207

Principles of Disease 208

Human Defense Against Disease 210

Answer Key 217

Credits 221


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