Session 1 (Introduction to Biology)

Session 1 (Introduction to Biology) - MCB 181 Study Session...

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MCB 181 Study Session 1 Introduction to the Science of Biology
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Learning Goals for Study Session 1 (Introduction to the Science of Biology) Be able to briefly describe the scientific method and to define the terms fact, hypothesis, scientific theory, and scientific law. Briefly describe the essential characteristics of scientific knowledge. Be able to list the characteristics of living organisms and name the major domains and kingdoms of living organisms. Briefly describe the diversity of life on Earth and the scientific explanation for this diversity of living organisms. Describe the hierarchy of levels of organization of living organisms starting with chemical elements and ending with the biosphere.
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An Introduction to the Science of Biology MCB 181 is the first semester of a two semester introduction to biology. In the first semester we focus our attention on cells; what they are made of and how they function. The second semester considers tissues, organs, organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems, the diversity of life, and how it arose. Biology is the scientific study of living organisms from their subcellular components to how organisms evolved to play their unique roles in the biosphere. In this study session we consider how biologist learn about living organisms, the magnitude of the diversity of life on Earth, and the scientific explanation for how this diversity of life forms has come to be.
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Biologists use the scientific method to learn about living things! OBSERVATION: Scientists make observations and compare them to what is known. QUESTIONS: From new observations a series of questions can be formulated. HYPOTHESIS: A testable major question (hypothesis) is developed from the series of questions. PREDICTIONS: Assuming a correct hypothesis, predictions are made about the outcome of the experiments. EXPERIMENTS: Research is conducted to determine if the predictions are supported by carefully controlled gathering and analysis of data. CONCLUSIONS: Do the results of the experiments support the hypothesis or not? What we know about our world represents the accumulation of knowledge from many scientists following these steps in the scientific method.
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2011 for the course MCB 181R taught by Professor Leonard during the Spring '08 term at Arizona.

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