For 10/25: Get to know your microbes

Now that you’ve looked at the fundamentals of cell biology, it’s time to go beyond the textbook and consider the bacteria that live in and on us. For class on Thursday, Oct. 25th, watch this TED talk by Rob Knight and work through the prompts below.

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For 10/23: Cell Biology

In class on October 23rd, we’ll discuss cell biology. To prepare, please read sections 4.1 through 4.6 and 5.1 through 5.3 in Biology. This may seem like a lot, but again, the key terms should be useful in keeping your reading focused, and also, some of this material may already be familiar to you from previous classes.

For 10/18: Lab Prep

Please prepare for the lab activity on October 18th by doing the following:

  • Collect a couple of leaves, seeds or piece of bark from a log; place what you collect in a plastic zip-top bag and if possible, store it in a refrigerator if you are collecting the items a day or more before the lab activity; bring what you’ve collected in on Oct. 18th
  • Read over and sign the lab safety form
  • Review the components of the compound microscope with this guide.

For 9/27: Biological Macromolecules

Life is just a kind of chemistry of sufficient complexity to permit reproduction and evolution.—Carl Sagan

It’s time to look at some of that complexity.

To prepare for class on Sept. 27th, please read chapter 3 in Biology by Raven, et al. You may also find it helpful to read section 2.3 in E.O Wilson’s Life on Earth or chapter 3 in OpenStax Biology. 

There will be a short quiz on this material during class.

Please use the key terms to focus your reading efforts on the essential concepts of this part of the course.

For 9/20: Read Chapter 2


Life is just a kind of chemistry, of sufficient complexity to permit reproduction and evolution.—Carl Sagan

To prepare for next Monday’s class, please read chapter 2 of the textbook. If you’re using E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth, read chapter 2 up to section 2.3. There will be a short quiz on this material during class.  Continue reading

For 9/18: Lionfish & Bass

To familiarize yourself with elements of scientific inquiry, finish reading (or review) chapter 1 of Biology and listen to (or read) the 2 news stories below and answer the following questions in your notebook:

  • What’s the hypothesis? Is it falsifiable?
  • What are or should be the controls?
  • What are the independent and dependent variables?
  • What, if any, properties of life involved?

In our next class meeting there will be a brief quiz on chapter 1 and these questions, followed by a discussion of them.

A. “Pump Up The Bass, Feel Like A Boss” from NPR’s All Things Considered. Continue reading