To prepare for our discussion of evolution, read one of the following Biology by Raven 20.1, 20.3, 20.4 (20.2 optional) and 22.5 (adaptive radiation). You might also find it useful to read these as well:
EO Wilson’s Life on Earth chapter 3
OpenStax Biology 18.1 and part of 18.2 (adaptive radiation)
Also, watch this TED talk by Jonathan Haidt to get acquainted with group selection, altruism and the free-rider problem.
There may be a short quiz during class on these materials.
To prepare for class this Thursday, please do the following:
Read 11.1, 11.2 and 13.5 in Biology by Raven; if you’re using the optional text EO Wilson’s Life on Earth, the corresponding chapters are 11.3 & 12.1. You may find other related sections of the book useful as well as the Wikipedia entry on Genetic Disorder for understanding these sections.
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.
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.
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.