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Chapter 1

Scientific Inquiry

What is Biology?
Overview Biology is the natural science that focuses on the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, development,…
Levels of Organization
Overview Biological organization is the classification of biological structures, ranging from atoms at the bottom of the hierarchy to the…
The Scientific Method
Overview The scientific method is a detailed, empirical, problem-solving process leveraged by biologists and scientists of other disciplines. This…
Inductive Reasoning
Overview Inductive reasoning is a type of logic in which premises lead to a conclusion. Inductive reasoning is uncertain and operates in degrees to…
Deductive Reasoning
Deductive reasoning is a type of logic used for making specific predictions based on general principles. It is the opposite of inductive reasoning,…
Correlation and Causation
Overview Statistical tests can calculate whether there is a relationship, or correlation, between independent and dependent variables. An indirect…
Taxonomy
Taxonomy is the science of defining and naming groups of biological organisms based on shared characteristics. It uses a hierarchy of increasingly…
Phylogeny
Phylogeny describes the ancestral relationships between organisms. The connections often take the form of a tree, with tips, branches, nodes, and…
Detecting Estrogenic Ligands in Personal Care Products using a Yeast Estrogen Screen Optimized for the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory
The Yeast Estrogen Screen (YES) is used to detect estrogenic ligands in environmental samples and has been broadly applied in studies of endocrine…
Proprioception and Tension Receptors in Crab Limbs: Student Laboratory Exercises
The primary purpose of these procedures is to demonstrate for teaching and research purposes how to record the activity of living primary sensory…
Using Mouse Mammary Tumor Cells to Teach Core Biology Concepts: A Simple Lab Module
Undergraduate biology students are required to learn, understand and apply a variety of cellular and molecular biology concepts and techniques in…

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