HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT 1. Scientific method handout with
variables and hypotheses.
- Notes are in pdf format. Doc format notes are
available, just change the extension in the link from .pdf to
- Additional notes can be found from a number of online
sources. One site that might be useful is SparkNotes.
- An alternative text that might be read and/or reviewed is the
online text by Dr. Farabee, available here.
- Another alternative is the Glencoe Science Student Center,
This site includes practice quizzes and exams in both English
- A useful site that explains scientific concepts of all
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
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
Chapter 1 - Can science cure the common
Thorn in Coca-Cola's Side
Chapter 2 - Are we alone in the Universe?
Chapter 3 - Is it possible to supplement
your way to better health?
YouTube clip Carbon
YouTube clip Biomolecules
Chapters 1-3 study guide
Chapter 4 - Fat: How much is right for you?
Chapter 3 study guide
Chapter 5 - Photosynthesis
Chapter 6 - Cancer and Cell Division
Chapter 7 - Inheritance
Chapter 8 - DNA Detective
Chapter 9 - Genetically Modified Organisms
Chapter 10 - Where Did We Come From?
Chapter 11 - An Evolving Enemy
Chapter 12 - Who am I?
Chapter 13 - Prospecting for Biological
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
Evaluating Science (use this
checklist to gauge the value of a scientific paper or article)
source paper on Olestra (a direct PDF version is here: http://www.oxnard.michael-nicholson.com/biology/JBR71195.pdf)
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)
All living things:
- are comprised of at least one cell (though many organisms are
- 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
- use complex metabolic processes to maintain a constant internal
- respond to stimuli (sometimes in very simple ways, sometimes in
very complex ways).
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Dr. Nicholson's e-mail
Text Resources - On-line Post Test
Lecture 13 - From DNA to protein
Lecture 15 - Studying and manipulating
Lecture 16 - Processes of evolution