Biology Study Guide

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Prior to Monday, 9/21/2015, students should read the “Study Guide to Effectively Using Integrating Concepts in Biology (ICB)”, an introductory resource for this year’s electronic textbook, and answer the following discussion questions. Responses should be uploaded to Canvas by 11:59PM on 9/20/15.
A PDF version of this guide is posted to Canvas, and can also be found in the e-text.

1. The ICB text is organized around five “big ideas” in biology. List them, then define the term that is bolded in the text of each one. The five big ideas in biology are 1: living systems have multiple mechanisms to store, retrieve, and transmit information . Information is facts communicated by persons or events, shared and understood.
2: diversity
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The first big idea is about information, the second about evolution, the third about cells, the fourth about homeostasis, and the last about the emergent properties that are possibly discovered during experiments. The differences between these big ideas are the areas that each concentrate their information around. The first and 5th concentrate their efforts around the data that is gathered from scientific experiments and research. The 2nd and fourth about functions of organisms within an environment that is constantly changing, while the 3rd big idea stands alone, interacting with the second and fourth big idea, about what runs the body and makes it work the way it does. They are distinguished from each other by first their vocabulary words, and then by their areas of focus. The first idea deals with data, any data, which comes from scientific work. The second data deals with how organisms change over time. The third ideal works with how bodies work. The fourth about how bodies adapt to their environment. The last idea is how to deal with unexpected …show more content…
What do the authors claim are the basis for including “Bio-Math Explorations” throughout the text?

The authors claims the basis for “bio math explorations” is that it applies basic math to biological data to help learn more biology and appreciate the math already known. This is also the way through an active learning environment, so that the students can learn, and understand, the content they have learned, which makes it stick with them longer, and through this they can understand biology better.

4. What is the basis for including “Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications” (ELSIs)? The basis for including the elsi section is that it helps the student connect with their views on topics such as evolution, stem cells, and the definition of life, the right for a species to exist, and the costs and benefits of genetically modified organisms

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5. Generate a list of properties common to living things.

1. Organize
2. Reproduce
3. Grow
4. Maintain balance
5. Respond to environment
6. Are composed of cells
7. Need energy in order to function.
8. Change and

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