Explorations in Basic Biology, 12th edition

  • Stanley E Gunstream

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Explorations in Basic Biology gives you clear background information and directions for conducting laboratory activities. This title is a self-contained laboratory manual that helps you learn basic biological information but also gain experience practicing laboratory techniques.

Published by Pearson (July 23rd 2021) - Copyright © 2012

ISBN-13: 9780137523221

Subject: Biology

Category: Human Biology

Table of contents

Brief 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

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