9.09 1-11. BASIC BIOLOGICAL CONCEPTS INTRODUCTIONThe word biology means "the study of life." A good place to begin the "study of life" is by mastering a set of fundamental, organizing ideas about life and scientific study of life forms. The purpose of today's lab is to introduce you to these concepts and some key vocabulary words. There are several displays for you to examine, and questions to answer about what you observe. The displays cover four fundamental biological concepts: 1.Scientific Method 2.Can life arise from non-living matter? 3.Characteristics of Life4.Classification of Life Forms There are two fundamental questions often raised in the beginning of a biology course: How do we know if something is alive? Can life arise spontaneously if conditions are favorable? This lab will provide some insights into these questions, and apply the scientific method to answer these and a myriad of other questions about living organisms.CONCEPT DISPLAYSThese displays can be examined in any order. You should work with a small team of fellow students, as directed by your instructor. The information needed to answer the questions posed in your lab manual can be obtained from several sources: the display boards, the text in this lab document, your previous life experiences, and the use of logic! By the end of the lab you should have answered all the questions in this first chapter of your lab manual. http://www.nearingzero.net/Nearing%20Zero%20use%20rates.pdf
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