Thinking About Biology: An Introductory Lab Manual, 6th edition

  • Mimi Bres, 
  • Arnold Weisshaar

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Thinking About Biology is a lab manual for an introductory biology lab course. It gives you practical experience to better understand concepts and answer biological questions. You'll learn how to pursue scientific investigation as a scientist would -- by asking questions, making observations and conducting experiments.

Published by Pearson (July 14th 2021) - Copyright © 2019

ISBN-13: 9780137520909

Subject: Biology

Category: Biology for non-majors

Table of contents

Table of Contents

  • Exercise 1 Introduction to the Scientific Method
    • Activity 1 Forming Hypotheses to Solve Problems
    • Activity 2 Testing Hypotheses
    • Activity 3 Interpreting Data
    • Activity 4 Performing an Experiment and Collecting Data
    • Activity 5 Graphing Your Results
    • Activity 6 Interpreting Data Using Simple Statistics
  • Exercise 2 Windows to a Microscopic World
    • Activity 1 Learning to Use the Dissecting Microscope
    • Activity 2 Making Observations with the Dissecting Microscope
    • Activity 3 Getting Familiar with the Compound Microscope
    • Activity 4 Parts of the Compound Microscope
    • Activity 5 Learning to Use the Compound Microscope
    • Activity 6 Preparing Temporary Slides - Wet Mounts
    • Activity 7 Using the Microscope to Answer a Question: What Do Aquarium Snails Eat?
  • Exercise 3 Functions and Properties of Cells
    • Activity 1 Cellular Organelles
    • Activity 2 Observing Living Cells
    • Activity 3 Amyloplasts in Potato Tubers
    • Activity 4 Stem Cells
  • Exercise 4 Movement of Molecules Across Cell Membranes
    • Activity 1 Water Molecules in Motion
    • Activity 2 Diffusion and Osmosis
    • Activity 3 Controls for the Diffusion and Osmosis Experiment
    • Activity 4 Completing the Diffusion and Osmosis Experiment
    • Activity 5 Osmosis in Elodea Cells
  • Exercise 5 Investigating Cellular Respiration
    • Activity 1 Do Microorganisms Perform Cellular Respiration?
    • Activity 2 Comparison of Classroom Air with Exhaled Air
    • Activity 3 Effect of Exercise on Carbon Dioxide Production
    • Activity 4 Alternatives to Aerobic Respiration
    • Activity 5 Anaerobic Respiration
  • Exercise 6 Photosynthesis
    • Activity 1 Absorption of Carbon Dioxide During Photosynthesis
    • Activity 2 Testing Leaves for Starch
    • Activity 3 Cells of the Leaf Epidermis
  • Exercise 7 Organic Molecules and Nutrition
    • Activity 1 Positive and Negative Indicator Tests
    • Activity 2 Testing Food Samples
    • Activity 3 An Embryo in a Peanut Seed
    • Activity 4 Dietary Intake and Good Health
  • Exercise 8 Factors that Affect Enzyme Activity
    • Activity 1 Demonstration of Enzyme Activity
    • Activity 2 Enzyme Activity in Food Vacuoles
    • Activity 3 Effect of Environmental Conditions on Protein Structure
  • Exercise 9 Introduction to Molecular Genetics
    • Activity 1 Removing DNA From Cells
    • Activity 2 The Basics of DNA Structure
    • Activity 3 Building a Model of DNA
    • Activity 4 Steps of Protein Synthesis
    • Activity 5 Building a Real Protein
  • Exercise 10 Mitosis and Asexual Reproduction
    • Activity 1 How Mitosis Works
    • Activity 2 Recognizing the Stages of Mitosis
    • Activity 3 Mitosis - The Real Thing!
    • Activity 4 Estimating the Duration of the Cell Cycle
    • Activity 5 Regeneration
    • Activity 6 Asexual Reproduction: Growing a Plant From a Cutting
  • Exercise 11 Connecting Meiosis and Genetics
    • Activity 1 Getting Started: Build a Pair of Chromosomes
    • Activity 2 Homologous Chromosomes Separate in Meiosis to Form Gametes
    • Activity 3 Fertilization: Nature's Equivalent to Rolling the Dice
    • Activity 4 What's Your Baby's Genotype?
    • Activity 5 Genotype Determines Phenotype
    • Activity 6 Passing On Traits
    • Activity 7 Practicing Genetics Problems
  • Exercise 12 Human Genetics
    • Activity 1 PTC Tasting
    • Activity 2 X-Linked Traits
    • Activity 3 Codominance and Sickle Cell Disease
    • Activity 4 A Family History of Sickle Cell Disease
    • Activity 5 Codominance and Multiple Alleles
  • Exercise 13 Evolution
    • Activity 1 Determining the Age of Rock Layers and Fossils
    • Activity 2 Reconstructing Fossil Evidence
    • Activity 3 Natural Selection
  • Exercise 14 Functions of Tissues and Organs
    • Activity 1 Skin: The Outer Protective Layer
    • Activity 2 The Epidermis
    • Activity 3 The Dermis
    • Activity 4 Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
    • Activity 5 Below the Skin (the Hypodermis)
    • Activity 6 Touch Sensitivity
  • Exercise 15 The Cardiovascular System
    • Activity 1 Circulation of Blood Around the Body
    • Activity 2 A Closer Look at the Heart
    • Activity 3 Understanding Blood Pressure and Pulse Rate
    • Activity 4 Cardiovascular Disease
  • Exercise 16 Introduction to Anatomy: Dissecting the Fetal Pig
    • Activity 1 Getting Started
    • Activity 2 Following Anatomical Directions
    • Activity 3 External Anatomy of the Fetal Pig
    • Activity 4 Dissection of the Mouth
    • Activity 5 Dissection of the Neck
    • Activity 6 Dissection of the Thoracic Cavity
    • Activity 7 Measuring Lung Capacity
  • Exercise 17 Organs of the Abdominal Cavity
    • Activity 1 Dissection of the Abdominal Cavity
    • Activity 2 The Urinary System
    • Activity 3 Internal Structure of the Stomach
    • Activity 4 Examining the Small Intestine
    • Activity 5 The Importance of Surface Area
    • Activity 6 Earthworm Locomotion
  • Exercise 18 Introduction to Forensic Biology
    • Activity 1 Getting Started
    • Activity 2 Classifying Fingerprint Patterns
    • Activity 3 Analyzing Fingerprint Evidence
    • Activity 4 Blood Typing
  • Exercise 19 Biotechnology: DNA Analysis
    • Activity 1 Sources of DNA Evidence
    • Activity 2 Solving a Crime Using RFLP Fingerprints
    • Activity 3 The Use of PCR For STR Analysis
    • Activity 4 Solving a Criminal Case Using STR Evidence
    • Activity 5 Deciding a Paternity Suit Involving STR Analysis
    • Activity 6 DNA Barcodes
  • Exercise 20 Using Biotechnology to Assess Ecosystem Damage
    • Activity 1 Exploring Bioluminescence
    • Activity 2 Getting Started
    • Activity 3 Making Accurate Serial Dilutions
    • Activity 4 Preparing Bacterial Samples
    • Activity 5 Testing the Toxicity of Your Chemical
  • Exercise 21 Ecosystems
    • Activity 1 Food Chains
    • Activity 2 Loss of Energy in Food Chains
    • Activity 3 Food Chains Interact to Form Food Webs
    • Activity 4 Bioaccumulation
  • Exercise 22 Biodiversity and Conservation
    • Activity 1 Value of Biodiversity
    • Activity 2 Commercial Fishing as an Example of Tragedy of the Commons
    • Activity 3 Ecosystem Jenga®
  • Exercise 23 Population Ecology
    • Activity 1 Introduction to Sampling - An Ecological Tool
    • Activity 2 Sampling Quadrats to Estimate Population
    • Activity 3 The Mark and Recapture Technique for Estimating Population Size

Appendix 1 Game Cards for Exercise 22

Appendix 2 Self Test Answers

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