HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT 1.  Scientific method handout with variables and hypotheses.
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT 2.  Example of notes taken in class.
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT 3.  Cell respiration questions.
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT 4.  Cell respiration sketch.
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT 5.  Photosynthesis questions.
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT 6.  Photosynthesis sketch.
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT 7.  Mitosis questions.
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT 8.  Biotech/Protein production
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT 9.  Punnett square questions
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT 10. Characteristics of life

Street Crossing Survey:  This is a short survey to find out how people cross the street.

Characteristics of Life
This is an SLO subject item.  You MUST keep your eye on this subject throughout the course, since you will be introduced to it at the start, and tested on it during the final exam.

Chapter 1 - Can science cure the common cold?
A Thorn in Coca-Cola's Side

Chapter 2 - Are we alone in the Universe?
CrashCourse YouTube clip Plant Cell
CrashCourse YouTube clip Animal Cell
Overview of cell components and protein production Link
Cell animation video (and other items) Link

Chapter 3 - Is it possible to supplement your way to better health?
CrashCourse YouTube clip Carbon
CrashCourse YouTube clip Biomolecules
Chapters 1-3 study guide
Chapter 3 study guide
Chapter 4 - Fat: How much is right for you?
CrashCourse YouTube clip Respiration
CrashCourse YouTube clip Redox Reactions
YouTube clips for cell respiration:  clip 1, clip 2
YouTube clips for fermentation:  clip 1
Redox notes (not required)
Chapter 4 study guide.
Fill-in the blank style study page for cell respiration
Further information on cell respiration from
The Glencoe site (chapter 8) with English/Spanish practice quizzes
Chapter 5 - Photosynthesis
CrashCourse YouTube clip Photosynthesis
CrashCourse YouTube clip Carbon Cycle
Great review page for photosynthesis (from Mr. Kousen)
Further information on photosynthesis from
Chapter 5 Study Guide

Chapter 6 - Cancer and Cell Division
Chapter 6 Study Guide
CrashCourse YouTube clip Mitosis
CrashCourse YouTube clip Meiosis
YouTube clip of interest:  clip 1
YouTube clips for Mitosis:  clip 1, clip 2
YouTube clips for meiosis:  clip 1, clip 2
Further information on mitosis from
Further information on meiosis from
The Glencoe site (chapter 9) with English/Spanish practice quizzes

Chapter 7 - Inheritance
CrashCourse YouTube clip Heredity
Chapter 7 Study Guide
Chapter 8 - DNA Detective
CrashCourse YouTube clip Heredity
CrashCourse YouTube clip DNA
Chapter 8 Study Guide
Chapter 9 - Genetically Modified Organisms
CrashCourse YouTube clip Proteins
Chapter 9 Study Guide
Chapter 10 - Where Did We Come From?
CrashCourse YouTube clip Evolution
Chapter 10 Study Guide
Chapter 11 - An Evolving Enemy
CrashCourse YouTube clip Evolution
CrashCourse YouTube clip Natural Selection
Chapter 11 Study Guide
Chapter 12 - Who am I?
CrashCourse YouTube clip Evolution
CrashCourse YouTube clip Speciation
Chapter 12 Study Guide
Chapter 13 - Prospecting for Biological Gold
CrashCourse YouTube clip
Chapter 13 Study Guide

Reviewing Scientific Literature:
Download two copies of the page "Evaluating Science".  Use one copy to evaluate the "Primary source paper on Olestra" and the second copy to evaluate the "Secondary source summary on Olestra Study".
Evaluating Science (use this checklist to gauge the value of a scientific paper or article)
Primary source paper on Olestra (a direct PDF version is here:
Secondary source summary on Olestra Study (Summary is about half way down, titled "Olestra at the Movies")
Remember the steps in the Scientific Method:
- Observation (leads to questions)
- Hypothesis (leads to prediction) (a ''tentative, testable explanation of observations'')
- Experiment (leads to results) (an ''explanation of natural phenomena, supported by many tested and accepted hypotheses'')
- Conclusion (leads to new research)

Characteristics of Life:
All living things:
- are comprised of at least one cell (though many organisms are multicellular).
- are able to reproduce.
- have DNA as their genetic material.
- can inherit variation and adaptations (and can therefore be the product of evolution; so living things evolve).
- need and acquire energy (some by photosynthesis, others by eating something else).
- use complex metabolic processes to maintain a constant internal environment (homeostasis).
- respond to stimuli (sometimes in very simple ways, sometimes in very complex ways).


Study Tips 1, Study Tips 2, Study Tips 3
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Text Resources - On-line Post Test Practice
Lecture 13 - From DNA to protein
Lecture 15 - Studying and manipulating genomes
Lecture 16 - Processes of evolution