Big Ideas - Big Ideas & Concepts for BIO 311C Big Idea...

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Big Idea 1: Structure relates to function 1. Biological systems are structures at many interrelated levels. 2. (smallest to biggest) Organism - Species - Genus - Family - Order - Class - Phylum - Kingdom - Domain. Sub atomic Particle--- Atom--- Molecule--- Organelle--- Cell--- Tissue---- Organ--- System--- Organism--- Population--- Community--- Ecosystem--- Biosphere An emergent property can appear when a number of simple entities (agents) operate in an environment, forming more complex behaviors as a collective. The processes from which emergent properties result may occur in either the observed or observing system, and can commonly be identified by their patterns of accumulating change, most generally called 'growth'. The emergent property may be either very predictable or unpredictable and unprecedented, and represent a new level of the system's evolution. The complex behavior or properties are not properties of any single such entity, nor can they easily be predicted or deduced from behavior in the lower-level entities: they are irreducible. The shape and behavior of a flock of birds or school of fish are also good examples. External environment interaction makes a different when it is a density-dependent population. Homeostasis is the active regulation of an internal environment. Metabolism is the synthesis of building blocks and macromolecules for growth. Functional groups of organic chemistry include hydroxyl, carboxyl, sulfhydryl, hydrocarbon,
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2012 for the course BIO 311 C taught by Professor Mcclelland during the Fall '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Big Ideas - Big Ideas & Concepts for BIO 311C Big Idea...

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