HB Unit 1 Foundations of Biology

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Unit 1: Foundations of Biology
Section 1: The World of Biology
Section 2: Themes in Biology
Section 3: The Study of Biology
Section 4: Tools and Techniques
Section 1: The World of Biology
Biology= study of life.
7 characteristics of life
1. Organization and
presence of cells
2. Response to stimuli
3. Homeostasis
4. Metabolism
5. Growth and
6. Reproduction
7. Change through time
Organization and Cells
• Organization= a degree of
• Cell= smallest unit of life.
• Unicellular= organisms
made up of one cell.
• Multicellular= organisms
made up of more than one
• Tissues= groups of cells that
have similar abilities.
• Organs= structures that
carry out specialized jobs.
Response to Stimuli
• Stimulus= change in
• Response= reaction
of an organism to a
• Homeostasis= the
maintanence of a
stable internal
• Metabolism= sum of
all chemical reactions
necessary for life such
as repair, movement
and growth.
Growth and Development
• Growth results from
the division and
enlargement of cells.
*cell division=
formation of two cells
from one
• Development is the
process by which
organisms become
more complex.
• Reproduction= production
of new organisms; transmits
hereditary information to
• Asexual reproduction
involves a single individual.
• Sexual reproduction
involves two individuals.
* only trait of life not
essential for the survival of
the individual.
Change Through Time
• Evolution= ability of
populations of
organisms to change
over a long period of
*important for survival
in the face of changing
Section 2: Themes in Biology
The 3 Unifying themes
found throughout Biology:
1. Diversity and unity of
All life is connected by
the genetic code;
diversity results from
descent through
-there are 3 major
domains of organisms:
Bacteria, Archaea and
Themes in Biology (cont’d)
2. Interdependence of
All organisms interact with
each other and with their
nonliving environment.
-ecology= study of
organisms within their
-ecosystem= communities
of organisms and their
physical environments.
Section 3: Themes of Biology (cont’d)
3. Evolution of Life
Populations of organisms
change over time in the
process of evolution.
-natural selection= organisms
with certain traits are better
able to survive and reproduce
-adaptation= trait that
improves an individual’s ability
to survive and reproduce.
Section 3: The Study of Biology
The scientific method is used to learn about the
natural world; it includes the following steps:
1. Making observations
2. Asking questions
3. Forming a hypothesis; making a prediction
4. Testing the hypothesis through experimentation
5. Collecting and analyzing data from experiment
6. Drawing conclusion(s) from data
7. Communicating data to peers or public
The Study of Biology (cont’d)
• Only 1 question is investigated at a time.
• Controlled experiments compare an experimental
group (independent/tested variable) to a control
group (no tested variable).
*dependent variable= variable that is measured
quantitatively (numbers)
• Experiments can only disprove an hypothesis
• Inference= conclusion drawn from facts and
previous data, not on direct observation
• Theory= set of related hypotheses; used to explain a
large amount of data.
Communicating Ideas
May include presenting via:
• Scientific journals
• Scientific symposia
Must be:
• Peer reviewed
• Based on actual experimentation
• Free of bias
In a scientific experiment, how many independent
variables should be tested at the same time?
A. none
B. one
C. two
D. three or more
Adam experiments with anole lizards that can change color,
depending on their environment. Adam places a green
anole lizard on a brown background and a brown anole
lizard on a green background. Adam knows that the brown
lizard should turn green and the green lizard should turn
brown, but neither of the lizards changed color. What may
have caused Adam’s results?
A. Their color changing may be affected by something else
besides the background color, such as fear or temperature.
B. They may have to move to the new background on their
own rather than being placed there.
C. They may need more time in which to change color.
D. The colors of the background may not have been
appropriate for these lizards.
A. Their color changing may be affected by
something else besides the background color, such
as fear or temperature.
Unit 1: Chemistry of Life
Section 1: Matter and Substance
Section 2: Water and Solutions
Section 3: Carbon Compounds
Section 4: Energy and Metabolism
• Atom: smallest unit
of matter that
maintains chemical
properties of
• Electron (e-): charge
• Proton: + charge
• Neutron: neutral
+ +
+ +
element: cannot be
separated or broken
down into simpler
substances by chemical
stable elements have
the same number of
protons and electrons
isotopes: atoms of the
same element with
different number of
Goal of Atoms: 8 electrons in
outer (valence) electron
covalent bond: occur
between elements that are
close together on the
periodic table; form
ionic bond: occur between
metals and nonmetals; form
Polar molecules have
their charges
distributed unequally.
Polar molecules can
dissolve polar
Nonpolar molecules
can dissolve nonpolar
molecules (why water
dissolves so many
Properties of Water
1) Floats as a solid (ice)
keeps rivers, ponds, oceans from
freezing solid
2) Absorbs and retains heat
Keeps the temperature of large bodies of water from changing
too fast.
Helps us maintain our internal temperature (homeostasis)
3) Water molecules stick to each other =cohesion
4) Attraction force between water and other substances =adhesion
solution: two or more
substances evenly
dispersed within each
acid: solution with more
hydronium (H3O+) ions
than hydroxide ions
base: solution with more
hydroxide (OH-) ions
than hydronium ions
buffers help prevent
changes in pH
Composition of Living Matter
Matter= anything that takes up space and has
mass (including living things)
4 basic elements found in all life= carbon,
hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen
Nucleic Acids
uses: long term
energy storage,
building block for cell
ex: fats, waxes,
• uses: structure, support,
communication, chemical
• made of amino acids
• ability of a protein to
function depends on its
• Ex.s: enzymes,
• enzymes: proteins that act as
catalysts (speed up chemical
• substrate: the reactant that
combines with the enzyme
• active site:
special shape on
the enzyme that allows the
substrate to fit on the enzyme
• Lock and key/induced fit:
model describing enzyme
Nucleic Acids
• Uses: store and transmit
genetic info; store energy
• DNA: deoxyribonucleic acid;
contains genetic info; made
up of nucleotide units.
• RNA: ribonucleic acid;
important in protein synthesis
• ATP: adenosine triphosphate;
main energy unit for cells
uses: provides cell
with nutrients for
quick burn energy;
building block for
chiton and cellulose;
ID’s specific cells.
ex: sugar, starch,
• energy: ability to move or
change matter
• Conservation of Mass:
matter is neither created
nor destroyed
• Conservation of Energy:
the total amount of energy
in the universe does not
Chemical Reactions
reactants: beginning participants in a
chemical reaction
products: formed in a chemical
activation energy: minimum energy
needed to start a chemical reaction
alignment: atoms must be correctly
aligned for a reaction to occur
be present for a reaction to occur.