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PowerLecture: Chapter 1. Learning About Human Biology. Learning Objectives. List features that distinguish living organisms from nonliving matter. Describe the general pattern of energy flow through Earth’s life forms, and explain how Earth’s resources are used again and again (cycled).

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powerlecture chapter 1

PowerLecture:Chapter 1

Learning About

Human Biology

learning objectives
Learning Objectives
  • List features that distinguish living organisms from nonliving matter.
  • Describe the general pattern of energy flow through Earth’s life forms, and explain how Earth’s resources are used again and again (cycled).
  • Explain the interdependency that exists among organisms.
  • List the steps of the scientific method of inquiry and use an example to illustrate.
learning objectives cont d
Learning Objectives (cont’d)
  • Define the word “theory” as correctly used in science.
  • Understand as well as you can what limitations are imposed on science and scientists.
  • Explain the importance of alternative hypotheses and control groups in scientific experimentation.
impacts issues

Impacts/Issues

What Kind of World Do We Live In?

what kind of world do we live in
What Kind of World Do We Live In?
  • Current world events seem chaotic.
    • Infectious diseases such as

“bird flu” pose global threats.

    • Natural disasters cause

widespread devastation.

    • Human activities greatly affect

our environment.

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What Kind of World Do We Live In?
  • Despite the chaos, we have tools available to help us meet these challenges.
    • Systematic observation allows us to ask questions and find answers.
    • Scientific investigation helps us to understand our place in the world.
useful references for impacts issues
Useful References for Impacts/Issues

The latest references for topics covered in this section can be found at the book companion website. Log in to the book’s e-resources page at www.thomsonedu.com to access InfoTrac articles.

  • U.S. EPA: Global Warming Site
  • InfoTrac: The Great Plague. Rene Skelton. National Geographic World, Mar. 1999.
  • InfoTrac: Avian Flu: Why All the Squawk? Linda S. Nield. Consultant, Feb. 1, 2006.
how would you vote
How Would You Vote?

To conduct an instant in-class survey using a classroom response system, access the “JoinIn Clicker Content” from the PowerLecture main menu.

  • Should the United States provide funding to help preserve the reefs?
    • a. Yes: Without readily available green products and services, converting to a sustainable society is unrealistic.
    • b. Not entirely: I'm doing what I can to improve sustainability, including recycling and using less energy.
useful references for how would you vote
Useful References for How Would You Vote?

The latest references for topics covered in this section can be found at the book companion website. Log in to the book’s e-resources page at www.thomsonedu.com to access InfoTrac articles.

  • InfoTrac: Should the Arabian (Persian) Gulf become a marine sanctuary? Oceanus, Fall 1993 v36 n3 p53(10).
  • NCDC: Regional Perspectives: Seas of the Middle East
section 1

Section 1

The Characteristics of Life

the characteristics of life
The Characteristics of Life
  • Living and nonliving things

share common characteristics,

such as being composed of

atoms, the smallest units of

natural substances.

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The Characteristics of Life
  • Living things, though, have many distinctive features:
    • Living things take in and use

energy and materials.

    • Living things sense and respond

to specific changes in their

environment.

    • Living things reproduce and grow.
    • Living things consist of one or more cells.
    • Living things maintain homeostasis (dynamic balance).

Figure 1.1

useful references for section 1
Useful References for Section 1

The latest references for topics covered in this section can be found at the book companion website. Log in to the book’s e-resources page at www.thomsonedu.com to access InfoTrac articles.

  • PBS: DNA
  • InfoTrac: The Meaning of Life. Lin Chao. BioScience, Mar. 2000.
  • InfoTrac: The Mystery of Life. Carl Sagan. UNESCO Courier, Sept. 1984.
section 2

Section 2

Our Place in

the Natural World

our place in the natural world
Our Place in the Natural World
  • Humans have evolved over time.
    • Human beings are a

part of biological

evolution—the change

in organisms through

the generations.

    • Humans are mammals

belonging to the animal

kingdom, one of the four

kingdoms of life in the domain Eukarya.

Figure 1.2

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Our Place in the Natural World
  • Humans are related to all other organisms—and humans also have some distinctive features.
    • Humans share characteristics

with our closest primate

relatives.

    • Humans also have distinctive

features: increased dexterity,

large brain, analytical skills,

sophisticated communication,

and culture.

Figure 1.3

video earliest homo sapiens
Video: Earliest Homo Sapiens
  • This video clip is available in CNN Today Videos for Biology, 2004, Volume VIII. Instructors, contact your local sales representative to order this volume, while supplies last.
useful references for section 2
Useful References for Section 2

The latest references for topics covered in this section can be found at the book companion website. Log in to the book’s e-resources page at www.thomsonedu.com to access InfoTrac articles.

  • InfoTrac: The Human Genus. Bernard Wood, Mark Collard. Science, April 2, 1999.
  • InfoTrac: A Tale Told by DNA. Nell Boyce. U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 16, 2002.
section 3

Section 3

Life’s Organization

life s organization
Life’s Organization
  • Life is organized on many levels.
    • Atoms and molecules are nonliving materials from which all of nature is built.
    • Cells are organized into increasingly complex levels: tissues >>> organs >>> organ systems >>> organisms.
    • Organisms, in turn, form populations >>> communities >>> ecosystems >>> biosphere.
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Life’s Organization
  • Organisms are connected through the flow of energy and cycling of materials.
    • Energy flows from the sun.
      • Plants (“producers”) trap this energy by photosynthesis.
      • Animals (“consumers”) feed on the stored energy in plants, using cellular respiration.
      • Bacteria and fungi (“decomposers”) break down the biological molecules of other organisms in order to recycle raw materials.
    • All organisms are part of webs that depend on one another for energy and raw materials.
video biodiversity
Video: Biodiversity
  • This video clip is available in CNN Today Videos for Environmental Science, 2003, Volume VI. Instructors, contact your local sales representative to order this volume, while supplies last.
useful references for section 3
Useful References for Section 3

The latest references for topics covered in this section can be found at the book companion website. Log in to the book’s e-resources page at www.thomsonedu.com to access InfoTrac articles.

  • Ecological Society of America
  • InfoTrac: Lost at Sea: Coral Reefs, Considered the ‘Rainforests’ of the Marine World, Now Have Even More in Common with Those Fragile Ecosystems. Scott Kirkwood. National Parks, Spring 2006.
section 4

Section 4

Science Is a Way of Learning about the Natural World

science is a way of learning about the natural world
Science Is a Way of Learning about the Natural World
  • Science is an approach to gathering knowledge.
    • Biology, like all science, pursues a methodical search for information that reveals the secrets of the natural world.

Figure 1.6

science is a way of learning about the natural world31
Science Is a Way of Learning about the Natural World
  • Explanations are sought using an approach known as the scientific method:
    • Observe some aspect of the natural world and ask a question.
    • Develop hypotheses (educated guesses) using all known information.
    • Predict what the outcome would be if the hypothesis is valid.
    • Test the hypothesis by experiments, models, and observations.
    • Repeat the tests for consistency.
    • Analyze and report objectively on the tests and conclusions.
fig 1 7b p 734

Hypothesis

Olestra® causes intestinal cramps.

Prediction

People who eat potato chips made with Olestra will be more likely to get intestinal cramps than those who eat potato chips made without Olestra.

Experiment

Control Group

Eats regular potato chips

Experimental Group

Eats Olestra

potato chips

Results

93 of 529 people get cramps later

(17.6%)

89 of 563 people get cramps later

(15.8%)

Conclusion

Percentages are about equal. People who eat potato chips made with Olestra are just as likely to get intestinal cramps as those who eat potato chips made without Olestra. These results do not support the hypothesis.

Stepped Art

Fig. 1.7b, p. 7
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Science Is a Way of Learning about the Natural World
  • Experiments are major scientific tools.
    • Experiments involve tests in which conditions are carefully controlled.
      • Control groups are used to identify side effects during a test that involves an experimental group.
      • The experimental group experiences all of the same conditions as the control except for the variable being studied.
    • The sample size must be large enough to be representative of the whole.
sampling error
Sampling Error

Figure 1.12

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Science Is a Way of Learning about the Natural World
  • Science is an ongoing enterprise.
    • Single experiments rarely provide concrete answers.
    • Not all science is performed by conducting experiments.
useful references for section 4
Useful References for Section 4

The latest references for topics covered in this section can be found at the book companion website. Log in to the book’s e-resources page at www.thomsonedu.com to access InfoTrac articles.

  • National Health Museum: Discovery, Chance, and the Scientific Method
  • InfoTrac: Water Saver: Could a Population Boom Cause a Decline in One Bay’s Water Quality? Mona Chiang. Science World, Sept. 19, 2005.
  • InfoTrac: The Real Method of Scientific Discovery …Often Involves a Creative, Imaginative Leap. Burton S. Guttman. Skeptical Inquirer, Jan.–Feb. 2004.
section 5

Section 5

Cancer, Broccoli, and Mighty Mice

cancer broccoli and mighty mice
Cancer, Broccoli, and Mighty Mice
  • Researchers discovered that sulforaphane in broccoli could reduce cancers in mice.
  • However, they also learned that the body’s own defenses play a vital role.

Figure 1.8

useful references for section 5
Useful References for Section 5

The latest references for topics covered in this section can be found at the book companion website. Log in to the book’s e-resources page at www.thomsonedu.com to access InfoTrac articles.

  • Cancer Research Institute: Cervical Cancer Vaccine Approved
  • InfoTrac: My Life as a Guinea Pig: Clinical Trials Are Inherently Risky, But One Saved Me. Jamie Reno. Newsweek, Aug. 6, 2001.
  • InfoTrac: Anti-cancer Veggies. Natural Life, May–June 2006.
section 6

Section 6

Science in Perspective

science in perspective
Science in Perspective
  • A scientific theory explains a large number of observations.
    • A theory is a related set of hypotheses that form a broad-ranging explanation of many phenomena.
    • Theories are accepted or rejected on the basis of tests and are subject to revision.
    • Scientists must be content with relative certainty, which becomes stronger as more repetitions are made.
    • Scientists must be prepared to change their minds in light of new evidence.
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Science in Perspective
  • Science has limits.
    • Science is limited to questions that can be tested; subjective questions do not readily lend themselves to scientific analysis or experiments.
    • Science has the potential to

be used for controversial

endeavors, which means that

all of society must commit to

responsible use of scientific

knowledge.

Figure 1.9

video smog pollution
Video: Smog Pollution
  • This video clip is available in CNN Today Videos for Environmental Science, 2004, Volume VII. Instructors, contact your local sales representative to order this volume, while supplies last.
useful references for section 6
Useful References for Section 6

The latest references for topics covered in this section can be found at the book companion website. Log in to the book’s e-resources page at www.thomsonedu.com to access InfoTrac articles.

  • American Journal of Bioethics
  • PBS: NOVA—The Stem Cell Debate
  • InfoTrac: Scientists at War. Leif J. Robinson. Odyssey, Feb. 2002.
  • InfoTrac: Above All, Do No Harm. Stephen Jay Gould. Natural History, Oct. 1998.
  • InfoTrac: Bioethics and the Stem Cell Research Debate. Robyn S. Shapiro. Social Education, May–June 2006.
section 7

Section 7

Critical Thinking in Science and Life

critical thinking in science and life
Critical Thinking in Science and Life
  • Critical thinking is an objective evaluation of information.
  • Consider the source.
    • Let credible scientific evidence, not opinions or hearsay, do the convincing.
    • Question credentials and motives.
  • Evaluate the content.
    • Be able to distinguish between

cause and correlation.

    • Separate facts from opinions.
useful references for section 7
Useful References for Section 7

The latest references for topics covered in this section can be found at the book companion website. Log in to the book’s e-resources page at www.thomsonedu.com to access InfoTrac articles.

  • Scientific American: Smart People Believe Weird Things
  • InfoTrac: Question Authority: Kids Need to Be Skeptical of the Curriculum. It’s the Only Way to Develop a Balanced View of the World. Glenn DeVoogd. School Library Journal, April 2006.
section 8

Section 8

Are Herbal Supplements Safe?

are herbal supplements safe
Are Herbal Supplements Safe?
  • Controversy surrounds the use of herbal supplements.
    • Some supplements have

been linked to harm in

humans.

    • Other supplements have

been shown to offer no

biologically observed effect.

  • Rigorous testing of supplements is currently being undertaken by the National Institute of Health and others.

Figure 1.11

video ephedra dangers
Video: Ephedra Dangers
  • This video clip is available in CNN Today Videos for Biology, 2003, Volume VII. Instructors, contact your local sales representative to order this volume, while supplies last.
useful references for section 8
Useful References for Section 8

The latest references for topics covered in this section can be found at the book companion website. Log in to the book’s e-resources page at www.thomsonedu.com to access InfoTrac articles.

  • U.S. FDA: Dietary Supplements
  • InfoTrac: Any Science Behind the Hype of ‘Natural’ Dietary Supplements? Teri Capriotti. Dermatology Nursing, Oct. 2005.
  • InfoTrac: Ephedra/Ephedrine Dangers. David Nicklin. Patient Care for the Nurse Practitioner, June 2003.