Unit 1- Life and the Global Ecosystem

Unit 1 Life and - Unit 1 Life and the Global Ecosystem Welcome to AP Biology Our objective is for you to learn a curriculum similar to a 100 level

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Unit 1- Life and the Global Ecosystem Welcome to AP Biology. Our objective is for you to learn a curriculum similar to a 100 level Biology course at a typical university. I designed this course around the teaching of the Bio 101/102 courses at Rutgers University. The course entails a great deal of reading, note taking and labs at least once weekly. I expect most of you to seriously prepare for the AP test given in May and to succeed at that test. What is Biology? Ety: bios- logos- = Biology today is a synthesis of chemistry, anatomy, physiology, ecology and ethology. The study of biology centers on eleven themes of which your earlier teachings have tended to omit The 11 themes: 1. The Cell - 2. Heritable Information - 3. Emergent Properties of Biological Systems - 4. Regulation - 5. Environmental Interaction - 6. Energy for Life - 7. Unity and Diversity - 8. Evolution - 9. Structure and Function - 10. Scientific Inquiry - 11. Science, Technology and Society - 1
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The Parameters of Life- Also known as the characteristics of all living things 1. Order - all living things are arranged in orderly fashion and function equally predictably. This is largely due to the Cell Theory- The Cell Theory 1. All living things are made of cells. 2. The cells used amongst living things are of similar types and are used like building blocks to assemble different structures 3. Only cells can reproduce to make more cells Organisms can be either ___________ or _____________ . All show division of labor - 2. Energy Processing - All organisms have a constant need for energy. The sum of all reactions that make up a living system is called __________ All reactions come in pairs- Endergonic - Exergonic - Most organic reactions are controlled by _________ 2
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3. Regulation- Organic systems require a constant internal state for their reactions to work properly. This is called ______________ To reach this state living systems are built on sensory and feedback mechanisms to monitor the condition of the system. 4. Growth and Development - Many objects in nature grow but living things grow by adding body mass and following set patterns Ontogeny - Complex Organisms follow a series of changes from larva to adult. 5. Response to Environment - All living things respond to their environment in some way. Animals and microorganisms do this with movement Plants and fungi do this with growth and cellular action. Irritability
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2012 for the course BIO 101 taught by Professor Martin during the Fall '08 term at Rutgers.

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Unit 1 Life and - Unit 1 Life and the Global Ecosystem Welcome to AP Biology Our objective is for you to learn a curriculum similar to a 100 level

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