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Biology Workbook For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-23936-0
312 pages
April 2012
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From genetics to ecology — the easy way to score higher in biology

Are you a student baffled by biology? You're not alone. With the help of Biology Workbook For Dummies you'll quickly and painlessly get a grip on complex biology concepts and unlock the mysteries of this fascinating and ever-evolving field of study.

Whether used as a complement to Biology For Dummies or on its own, Biology Workbook For Dummies aids you in grasping the fundamental aspects of Biology. In plain English, it helps you understand the concepts you'll come across in your biology class, such as physiology, ecology, evolution, genetics, cell biology, and more. Throughout the book, you get plenty of practice exercises to reinforce learning and help you on your goal of scoring higher in biology.

  • Grasp the fundamental concepts of biology
  • Step-by-step answer sets clearly identify where you went wrong (or right) with a problem
  • Hundreds of study questions and exercises give you the skills and confidence to ace your biology course

If you're intimidated by biology, utilize the friendly, hands-on information and activities in Biology Workbook For Dummies to build your skills in and out of the science lab.

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Introduction 1

Part I: Getting the Basics 7

Chapter 1: Figuring Out the Scientific Method  9

Chapter 2: Solving Problems in the Chemistry of Life  21

Chapter 3: Identifying Cell Parts and Understanding Their Functions  43

Chapter 4: Tracking the Flow of Energy and Matter  55

Part II: Creating the Future with Cell Division and Genetics 79

Chapter 5: Divide and Conquer: Recognizing the Phases of Cell Division  81

Chapter 6: Predicting Future Generations with Mendelian Genetics  101

Chapter 7: Taking Genetics to the DNA Level  113

Chapter 8: Going Straight to the Source with DNA Technology  131

Part III: Making Connections with Ecology and Evolution 143

Chapter 9: Organizing the Living World  145

Chapter 10: Connecting Organisms in Ecosystems  153

hapter 11: Evaluating the Effects of Evolution  169

Part IV: Getting to Know the Human Body 177

Chapter 12: Building Bodies with the Skeletal and Muscular Systems  179

Chapter 13: Giving Your Body What It Needs: The Respiratory and Circulatory Systems  189

Chapter 14: Processing Food with the Digestive and Excretory Systems  201

Chapter 15: Fighting Enemies with the Immune System  211

Chapter 16: Sending Messages with the Nervous and Endocrine Systems  221

Chapter 17: Making Babies with the Reproductive System  231

Part V: Going Green with Plant Biology 243

Chapter 18: Studying Plant Structures  245

Chapter 19: Pondering Problems in Plant Physiology  261

Part VI: The Part of Tens 271

Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Getting an A in Biology  273

Chapter 21: Ten (Plus One) Great Biology Websites  277

Index 281

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Rene Fester Kratz, PhD, is a biology instructor at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington.

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