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Biology : the Unity and Diversity of Life (12TH 09 - Old Edition)by Cecie Starr
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For the 11th edition of BIOLOGY: UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, Cecie Starr and Ralph Taggart made it their goal to "solve" some of the toughest Introductory Biology course challenges. We introduce a new issues-oriented approach with engages students in current, motivating biological topics; a built-in cross-referencing system for key topics; and, most importantly, time-saving media resources for instructors. Show students how biology matters ? Opening each chapter with engaging essays on hot issues and related online voting, the text highlights the connections between biology and real-life. Online exercises promote critical thinking about issues students will face as consumers, parents and citizens. Link concepts from chapter to chapter - Students often have a difficult time with this, so the authors created a "linking" tool. A list at the start of each chapter reminds students of related topics that were explained earlier. Within chapters, a key icon identifies cross-references to relevant sections in earlier chapters. As students work through the text, they see how topics build upon one another. Monitoring students' progress with ease - BiologyNow? offers diagnostic quizzes with automatically graded results that flow directly into your instructor gradebook (iLrn, WebCT or BlackBoard). And, to assess students' progress instantly with in-class quizzes and polls, you can use JoinIn? on TurningPoint? content and software. Easier lecture prep - The new PowerLecture tool integrates all chapter assets - art, photos, animations, videos, links to InfoTrac articles, web links and everything else you need into each chapter's lecture slides. This "buffet" of media resources-arranged by chapter section is at your fingertips. Just cut and paste what you want into your lecture file.
By using an issues-oriented approach, the new edition of this respected text grabs student interest with real-life issues that hit home. This text includes new coverage and pedagogy that encourages students to think critically about hot-button issues and includes outstanding new features that take students beyond memorization and encourage them to ask questions in new ways as they learn to interpret data. Show students how biology matters - Biology's connections to real life are reflected in every chapter of this new edition, beginning with opening Impacts,Issues essays--a brief case study on a biology-related issue or research finding and is revisited throughout the chapter, reminding students of the real-world significance of basic concepts. Additional, online exercises promote critical thinking about issues students will face as consumers, parents, and citizens. Link concepts from chapter to chapter - Links to Earlier Concepts appear near the Key Concepts, to help students remember what they've learned in earlier chapters and apply it to the new material to come. At the beginning of each section, students are reminded of the earlier link that is most appropriate for their current study.
About the Author
For the past two decades, Cecie Starr has been known as one of the best-selling biology textbook authors. Her texts, appreciated for their clarity in both the written word and the visual representation of biological concepts, include multiple editions of BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, and BIOLOGY TODAY AND TOMORROW. Her original dream was to become an architect. Instead of building houses, she now builds, with care and attention to detail, incredible texts based on this philosophy: "I invite students into a chapter through an intriguing story. Once inside, they get the great windows that biologists construct on the world of life. Biology is not just another house. It is a conceptual mansion. I hope to do it justice." Ralph Taggart, Former Chair of Biological Sciences at Michigan State University, Ralph Taggert is now the chair of Geological Sciences. Professor Taggart, known for his outstanding research in Paleobotany, has taught the general biology course for over 20 years. Christine Evers has been creating multimedia and Web-based materials to supplement Starr and other science texts for ten years. She earned her B.S. in Biology from SUNY Stony Brook. After working as a research assistant studying the developmental biology of slime mold, she was awarded an N.S.F. fellowship to attend Yale, where she studied evolutionary biology and honeybee behavior. She has a strong interest in science education and serves as a member of her local school board. Lisa Starr has been responsible for the incredible art in the Starr biology textbooks for many years. She has worked at as a research scientist at The Scripps Institute, as well as several other institutions. Her areas of expertise are biochemistry and molecular and cell biology.
Table of Contents
1. Invitation to Biology. UNIT I PRINCIPLES OF CELLULAR LIFE. 2. Life's Chemical Basis. 3. Molecules of Life. 4. Cell Structure and Function. 5. A Closer Look at Cell Membranes. 6. Ground Rules of Metabolism. 7. Where It Starts--Photosynthesis. 8. How Cells Release Chemical Energy. UNIT II PRINCIPLES OF INHERITANCE. 9. How Cells Reproduce. 10. Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction. 11. Observing Patterns in Inherited Traits. 12. Chromosomes and Human Inheritance. 13. DNA Structure and Function. 14. From DNA to Protein. 15. Controls Over Genes. 16. Studying and Manipulating Genomes. UNIT III PRINCIPLES OF EVOLUTION. 17. Evidence of Evolution. 18. Processes of Evolution. 19. Organizing Information About Species. 20. Life's Origin and Early Evolution. UNIT IV EVOLUTION AND BIODIVERSITY. 21. Viruses and Prokaryotes. 22. "Protists"--The Simplest Eukaryotes. 23. The Land Plants. 24. Fungi. 25 Animal Evolution--The Invertebrates. 26. Animal Evolution--The Chordates. 27 Plants and Animals--Common Challenges. UNIT V HOW PLANTS WORK. 28. Plant Tissues. 29. Plant Nutrition and Transport. 30. Plant Reproduction. 31. Plant Growth and Development. UNIT VI HOW ANIMALS WORK. 32. Animal Tissues and Organ Systems. 33. Neural Control. 34. Sensory Perception. 35. Endocrine Control. 36. Structural Support and Movement. 37. Circulation. 38. Immunity. 39. Respiration. 40. Digestion and Human Nutrition. 41. Maintaining the Internal Environment. 42. Animal Reproductive Systems. 43. Animal Development. UNIT VII PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY. 44. Animal Behavior. 45. Population Ecology. 46. Community Structure and Biodiversity. 47. Ecosystems. 48. The Biosphere. 49. Human Impacts on the Biosphere.
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