Exploring Biology Essay example

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AP Biology Reading Guide Chapter 1: Introduction: Themes in the Study of Life
Fred and Theresa Holtzclaw Name_______________________Period___________

Chapter 1: Introduction: Themes in the Study of Life

Begin your study of biology this year by reading Chapter 1. It will serve as a reminder about biological concepts that you may have learned in an earlier course and give you an overview of what you will study this year. 1. In the overview, Figure 1.3 recalls many of the properties of life. Label the seven properties illustrated here, and give a different example of each.

Concept 1.1 Themes connect the concepts of biology

2. What are
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As you read this section, you will be reminded of things you may have studied in an earlier course.
Since this material will be presented in detail in future chapters, you will come back to these ideas, so don’t fret if some of the concepts presented are unfamiliar. However, to guide your study, define each of the terms in bold as you come to them.

eukaryotic cell

prokaryotic cell

DNA

genes

genome

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Concept 1.2 The Core Theme: Evolution accounts for the unity and diversity of life

6. Life is organized into groups. Study Figure 1.14. • Which level contains the greatest diversity of organism? • The least? • Write out the levels of organization in order.

• Most people use a mnemonic device to remember these levels. If you have one, write it here.

AP Biology Reading Guide Chapter 1: Introduction: Themes in the Study of Life
Fred and Theresa Holtzclaw 7. Taxonomy is the branch of biology that names and classifies organisms. Because of new molecular information, there have been many changes in placement of certain groups in recent years. Notice that all life is now organized in your text into 3 domains rather than the 5 kingdoms you may have learned earlier. Put the kingdoms mentioned in the text in the space above the proper domain names shown
here.

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