Biology: Science for Life with Physiology, Global Edition VitalSource eText (5e) : 9781292100449

Biology: Science for Life with Physiology, Global Edition VitalSource eText (5e)

 
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5
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9781292100449
ISBN 10
 
1292100443
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09/09/2015
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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About the book

For non-majors biology courses.

Compelling and relatable stories engage students in learning biology

Colleen Belk and Virginia Borden Maier have helped students understand biology for more than twenty years in the classroom and over ten years with their popular text, Biology: Science for Life. The thoroughly revised Fifth Edition engages students with new storylines that explore high-interest topics such as binge drinking, pseudoscience, and study drugs. The book helps students develop scientific skills using new Working With Data figure legend questions and addresses common misconceptions with Sounds Right, But Is It? discussions in each chapter. This edition also offers a wealth of new “Flipped Classroom” activities and other resources to help professors enliven their classes and to help students assess their understanding of biology outside of class.

Table of contents
1. Can Science Cure the Common Cold? Introduction to the Scientific Method



Unit One: Chemistry and Cells

2. Science Fiction, Bad Science, and Pseudoscience: Water, Biochemistry, and Cells

3. Is it Possible to Supplement Your Way to Better Health? Nutrients and Membrane Transport

4. Body Weight and Health: Enzymes, Metabolism, and Cellular Respiration

5. Life in the Greenhouse: Photosynthesis and Climate Change



Unit Two: Genetics

6. Cancer: DNA Synthesis, Mitosis, and Meiosis

7. Are You Only as Smart as Your Genes? Mendelian and Quantitative Genetics

8. DNA Detective: Complex Patterns of Inheritance and DNA Profiling

9. Genetically Modified Organisms: Gene Expression, Mutation, Stem Cells, and Cloning



Unit Three: Evolution

10. Where Did We Come From? The Evidence for Evolution

11. An Evolving Enemy: Natural Selection

12. Who Am I? Species and Races

13. The Greatest Species on Earth? Biodiversity and Classification



Unit Four: Ecology

14. Is the Human Population Too Large? Population Ecology

15. Conserving Biodiversity: Community and Ecosystem Ecology

16. Where Do You Live? Climate and Biomes



Unit Five: Animal Structure and Function

17. Organ Donation: Tissues and Organs

18. Binge Drinking: The Digestive and Urinary Systems

19. Clearing the Air: Respiratory and Cardiovascular Systems

20. Vaccination: Protection and Prevention or Peril? Immune System, Bacteria, Viruses, and Other Pathogens

21. Human Sex Differences: Endocrine, Skeletal, and Muscular Systems

22. Is There Something in the Water? Reproductive and Developmental Biology

23. Study Drugs: Brain Boost or Brain Drain? Brain Structure and Function



Unit Six: Plant Biology

24. Feeding the World: Plant Structure and Growth

25. Growing a Green Thumb: Plant Physiology
Author biography

Colleen Belk and Virginia Borden Maier collaborated on teaching biology to nonmajors for over a decade together at the University of Minnesota—Duluth. This collaboration has continued through Virginia’s move to St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, and has been enhanced by their differing but complementary areas of expertise. In addition to the non-majors course, Colleen Belk teaches general biology for majors, genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology courses. Virginia Borden Maier teaches general biology for majors, evolutionary biology, zoology, plant biology, ecology, and conservation biology courses.

After several somewhat painful attempts at teaching the breadth of biology to non-majors in a single semester, the two authors came to the conclusion that they needed to find a better way. They realized that their students were more engaged when they understood how biology directly affected their lives. Colleen and Virginia began to structure their lectures around stories they knew would interest students. When they began letting the story drive the science, they immediately noticed a difference in student interest, energy, and willingness to work harder at learning biology. Not only has this approach increased student understanding, but it has also increased the authors’ enjoyment in teaching the course–presenting students with fascinating stories infused with biological concepts is simply a lot more fun. This approach served to invigorate their teaching. Knowing that their students are learning the biology that they will need now and in the future gives the authors a deep and abiding satisfaction.

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