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Ch 1: Campbell Biology Chapter 1: The Themes of Biology, and Scientific Inquiry

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The Themes of Biology, and Scientific Inquiry chapter of this Campbell Biology Online Textbook Help course helps students learn the essential biology lessons of scientific inquiry. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Themes of Biology, and Scientific Inquiry textbook chapter.

How it works:

  • Identify the lessons in Campbell Biology's The Themes of Biology, and Scientific Inquiry chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the scientific inquiry topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • What biologists study
  • Taxonomy and the classification of organisms
  • Organisms' adaptations and evolution
  • Characteristics of science
  • Steps of the scientific method
  • Creation of a strong scientific hypothesis
  • Distinction between inductive and deductive reasoning
  • Decision-making through scientific models
  • Types of research variables
  • Use of model organisms to study genetics

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11 Lessons in Chapter 1: Campbell Biology Chapter 1: The Themes of Biology, and Scientific Inquiry
Biology: The Study of Life

1. Biology: The Study of Life

This lesson is going to discuss the basics of biology. We will discuss the study of biology to include the characteristics that are shared by all living organisms.

Taxonomy: Classification and Naming of Living Things

2. Taxonomy: Classification and Naming of Living Things

The name you give to a living thing may be completely different than the name someone else uses. In science, we use a common naming system for all living things to avoid confusion. This lesson will explore the basics of our classification system.

Natural Selection and Adaptation

3. Natural Selection and Adaptation

How does natural selection help shape the amazing types of animals we witness around us? In this lesson, we'll explore adaptations and what they can tell us about a species' past evolution.

The Nature of Science

4. The Nature of Science

This lesson will explore the basic nature of science. It will distinguish science from pseudoscience and hypothesis from theory and natural law; it will give plenty of examples of each.

What is the Scientific Method? - Steps and Process

5. What is the Scientific Method? - Steps and Process

Scientific method is an organized, systematic way researchers, including psychologists, perform research. Psychologists use it to observe, describe and explain human behavior. The scientific method includes a step-by-step formula for researchers to follow.

What Is the Scientific Method in Psychology? - Definition, Characteristics & Steps

6. What Is the Scientific Method in Psychology? - Definition, Characteristics & Steps

How might someone apply the scientific method to psychological research? We will review the steps of the scientific method and how they applied to one of the most famous psychological studies ever conducted.

Developing a Scientific Hypothesis

7. Developing a Scientific Hypothesis

This video describes how to create a hypothesis and includes the three main things needed to create a strong hypothesis. You'll learn how to make a clear statement that can be both tested and measured.

Inductive vs. Deductive Reasoning: Differences & Examples

8. Inductive vs. Deductive Reasoning: Differences & Examples

This lesson explores the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning in the form of psychological experiments. In addition to defining these terms, the lesson gives examples to explain how this reasoning is applied.

Applying the Scientific Model to the Decision-Making Process

9. Applying the Scientific Model to the Decision-Making Process

You've conducted the research and compiled it all together. Now what? What good is 300 pages of research if it is too complex to convey? You can turn it into a model and teach others, but be wary of the pitfalls.

Research Variables: Dependent, Independent, Control, Extraneous & Moderator

10. Research Variables: Dependent, Independent, Control, Extraneous & Moderator

This lesson explores the terminology of experimental design. What are variables? How do they influence each other? Is it possible that you are seeing connections that don't actually exist?

Human Genetics and Model Organisms

11. Human Genetics and Model Organisms

How do we study human genetics when most traits arise from multiple genes? It's certainly more complicated that drawing a simple Punnett square. Never fear, for model organisms are here!

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