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Biology 1710, Week 1

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Biology 1710, Week 1 BIOL 1710

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These notes cover chapter one and will be on the test this week.
Mark Burleson
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Law, Theory, organisms, natural selection, scientific method, properties, Of, life, evolution
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Date Created: 09/12/16
Bio Lecture notes 08/31/16 Chapter 1 Notes Two main forms of inquiry in the study of nature • The word science, latin, means “to know” Inquiry is the search for information and explanation • • two main types of scientific inquiry: discovery science and hypothesis-based science • Also known as qualitative science and quantitative science The Scientific Method • A hypothesis must be testable • Experiments must have controls Data • Data are recorded observations or items of information • two categories - Qualitative, or descriptions rather than measurements (appearance, behavior, etc..) - Quantitative, measurements rather than descriptions Scientific Law vs Theory A scientific law describes a correlation between measure variables. Sometimes expressed as a math equation. The law of gravity. Ficks law of diffusion. J= -D(delta)C A scientific theory offers an explanation of natural phenomena. The theory of evolution through natural selection. The theory of relativity. Germ theory. Two types of Science: Basic and Applied • Basic Science or pure science seeks to expand knowledge regardless of the short term application • The goal of technology is to apply scientific knowledge for some purpose • Biology is marked by discoveries while technology is marked by inventions Reporting Scientific Work • Primary or peer-reviewed literature Reviewed by experts in the same research area, who judge whether or not the work is original • Secondary Literature Newspapers, books, review articles Properties of Life 1. Order 2. Response to environment 3. Reproduction 4. Regulation/homeostasis 5. Energy Processing 6. Evolutionary Adaption Organisms interact with their environments, exchanging matter and energy • two major processes: - cycling of nutrients - energy transfer and transformation: flow of energy from sunlight to producers to consumers Evolution, the Overarching Theme of Biology • Organisms living on Earth are modified descendants of common ancestors Theory of Natural Selection • Fossils and other evidence document the evolution of life on Earth over billions of years Natural selection is evident in adaptations of organisms to their environment • • Bat wings are an example of adaptation Three domains of life • Bacteria and Archaea are prokaryotic; plants, animals, fungi, and all other forms of life are eukaryotic The first forms of life on Earth were ____. A. plants B. microorganisms C. bacteria D. dinosaurs E. fungi B. MICROORGANISMS


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