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Week 1

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Week 1 BIO 102

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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Amelia Iliohan on Friday January 29, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to BIO 102 at a university taught by Scott Gleeson in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 12 views.


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Date Created: 01/29/16
Biology Notes 1/27/2016  Every activity we participate in affects our environment.  Why use the term national capitol? “Capital” implies a store of wealth that can  generate interest. You can live off the interest indefinitely, but if you can start  spending the capital, interest declines and capital is exhausted.   Textbook example:  o 10% interest yields $100,000 per year indefinitely o spend $200,000 per year, broke in 7 years  Our environment can be thought of natural capital. Natural resources +Natural  capital=environment   Humans can impact natural capital... How? Deforestation, global warming, etc.  Population increase is a major part of increasing human impact on the  environment.   “Ruins are the result of when all man’s intentions are for personal benefit”   Why don’t we manage our capital wisely?  o Population growth, Unsustainable resource use, poverty, excluding  environmental costs from market prices, trying to manage nature without  knowing enough about it o This course is a lot about what we know, but it is also going to be how we  feel about the things we already know and our relationship with nature.   So what can we do? It is generally agreed that the “solution” to these problems is to make our society Sustainable. The textbooks definition: Sustainability: the  ability of earth’s various systems to survive and adapt to conditions indefinitely,  including humans. Biology Notes 1/29/2016  Where did the earth come from? This is a very widely asked question and there  are many, many different explanations as to which is the most sensible.   Most societies have had creation stories (“myths”)  Much of this course can be thought of as the creation story as told by the science of our civilization.   Big Bang Theory: There was a small lump of tremendous mass and temperature  in the middle of nothingness. Very rapidly, space­time comes into being and  expands subatomic particles appear and form atoms, great clouds of matter  roam the universe. All stars form from clouds of gas and dust which roam our  universe. Eventually gravity causes them to collapse; since the cloud is spinning,  material falls in along the “poles” faster than it does near the “equator”. This  flattening results in a disc­like object. Material slowly wends its way into the  center of this disc, forming a new star. While the star continues to grow, lumps  form in the disc which will ultimately become planets. This explains the Big Bang  Theory.   Our definition for now­ the accumulated ideas of “modern” our civilization about  how things work­ what causes what, why it rains, why we get sick. Etc  The “Scientific Method”­ a codification of the process of applying logical thought  to answering questions about how things work


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