Investigating Biology / Edition 4

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With its distinctive investigative approach to learning, this effective laboratory manual encourages readers to become detectives of science. While teaching the basic materials and procedures important for all biology majors to learn, the authors also invite readers to pose hypotheses, make predictions, conduct open-ended experiments, collect data, and then apply the results to new problems. The result of this "process of science" approach is that readers learn to think creatively, just as scientists do. Laboratory exercises are divided into three categories: directed, thematic, and open-ended. For college instructors and students.

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An undergraduate lab manual containing 27 lab exercises designed to encourage students to ask questions, pose hypotheses, and make predications before they begin lab work. Students are required to synthesize results from observations and experiments, draw conclusions, apply results to new problems, and to design their own investigations. Scientific writing is emphasized throughout. Includes appendices on scientific writing, chi-square test, and terminology and techniques for dissection, as well as a section of color photos. This edition contains a new lab on cellular respiration, and several labs are modified based on new evidence in molecular biology. Wire spiral binding. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805373653
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Benjamin/Cummings Series in the Life Sciences Ser.
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 750
  • Product dimensions: 8.14 (w) x 11.94 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Giles Morgan received her M.A. degree from the University of Texas, Austin. She teaches in the coastal biology program and the introductory biology program at Emory University. She has revised the general biology laboratory curriculum for majors to incorporate an investigative approach and has developed a TA training program for multi-section investigative laboratories. She has long emphasized the importance of writing and computer simulations in the lab.

M. Eloise Brown Carter earned her Ph.D. from Emory University and is currently Associate Professor of Biology at Oxford College of Emory University. With expertise in plant ecology, she has incorporated independent and team research into lecture and laboratory courses in introductory and advanced biology. Dr. Carter also teaches in the Oxford Institute for Environmental Education, a summer program of Oxford College for precollege teachers.

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Table of Contents


1. Scientific Investigation.

2. Enzymes.

3. Microscopes and Cells.

4. Diffusion and Osmosis.

5. Photosynthesis.

6. Cellular Respiration.

7. Mitosis and Meiosis.

8. Mendelian Genetics.

9. Mendelian Genetics: Drosophila.

10. Molecular Biology.

11. Population Genetics/Hardy-Weinberg Theorem.

12. Population Genetics/Genetic Variation.

13. Bacteriology.

14. Protista and Fungi.

15. Plant Diversity I/Bryophytes/Seedless Plants.

16. Plant Diversity II/Seed Plants.

17. Animal Diversity I.

18. Animal Diversity II.

19. Plant Anatomy.

20. Plant Growth.

21. Vertebrate Anatomy I/Skin and Digestive System.

22. Vertebrate Anatomy II/Circulatory and Respiratory Systems.

23. Vertebrate Anatomy III/Excretory, Reproductive, and Nervous Systems.

24. Animal Development.

25. Ecology I/Terrestrial Ecology.

26. Ecology II/Computer Simulation of Pond Ecosystem.

27. Animal Behavior.

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