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1 Contemporary Biology Biology 1112 Lecture Outline: Section I- The Beginning Please note: These pages contain an outline of Biology 1112, Section I lectures. They should give you more time to think during lectures; however, they do not contain all information covered in class. For example, more than 1,000 images will be shown. Hence, you will be expected to fill in missing information and to extensively annotate these pages with your own notes. Version PP2011-Fall Coverage Section One 1. Introduction to the course 2. Introduction to Science 3. Introduction to Biology A. Characteristics of life B. Unifying concepts of Biology 1. Physical-Chemical nature of life 2. Cellular basis of life 3. Universality of nucleic acids in life 4. Evolution of Natural Selection 4. Taxonomy and Systematics
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2 Two suggestions and three questions: 1. Read your syllabus! 2. Annotate, i.e., fill in, this lecture outline while you experience lecture. 1. Question: Are YOU ready to join the academic “elite”? 2. % of U.S. adults with at least a bachelor’s degree? _______ 3. U.S. world rank, % college graduates? _______ Introductory Comments / Syllabus Major Determinates of Your Grade 1. 2. 3. 4. Typical end class average = _____% Tentative Grading Curve Numerical Score Letter Grade A B C D F Your grade is your choice!
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3 Class attendance policy: Warning! Disclaimer – can you believe this? Knowledge is power, e.g., Generally unacceptable classroom behaviors: Theme of this course:
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4 Introduction to Science We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. Carl Sagan Latin: Scientia: Define Science: A. Basic Science: B. Technology - Applied Science: Examples: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. C. Pseudo science: e.g., astrologers, psychics, occultists, homeopathy, creation “scientists”, “intelligent designers’ Ignorant people cannot distinguish: science vs pseudoscience, history vs pseudohistory, sense vs nonsense. It costs to be scientifically illiterate! Science starts with questions not answers!
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5 Science is not just a bunch of terms, it is a way of objectively viewing the universe, Earth and life. Three characteristics of good scientists: 1. 2. 3. Major distinction is the METHOD of scientists The Scientific Method (SM) To make decisions, scientists need: _______________ Objective tool: SM usually is discussed as a series of steps. Step 1. ____________________________ Introduces the domain of science: Scientific and nonscientific questions: Sources of human problems: Good observation is difficult; not just visual; Observations can direct or indirect; Role of scientific equipment; Five senses: Bonus synaesthesia:
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6 Repeatability of observation (Halley’s comet?) Step 2. ____________________________ The observation is converted into a question. Good scientists are curious, i.e., question "askers"
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