Ch 16: GED Science - Genetics and Evolution: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Genetics and Evolution chapter of this GED Science Help and Review course is the simplest way to master genetics and evolution. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of genetics and evolution.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering GED science material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn GED science. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding natural selection or genetics and evolution
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning science (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about genetics and evolution
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra science learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the genetics and evolution chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the genetics and evolution chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any genetics or evolution question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a genetics and evolution unit of a standard GED science course. Topics covered include:

  • Allele properties
  • Mendel's first and second laws
  • Exceptions to simple dominance
  • Exceptions to independent assortment
  • Natural selection and adaptation
  • Evolutionary theory

10 Lessons in Chapter 16: GED Science - Genetics and Evolution: Help and Review
Overview of Genetics

1. Overview of Genetics

We view manipulation of genes in our crops and livestock as a recent development. Yet, man has been manipulating the genetic makeup of his food for thousands of years through cultivation and breeding. This lesson will begin to help you understand how genetics works.

Properties of Alleles

2. Properties of Alleles

What is a dominant phenotype and how will it affect Adrian's flying hamster research? Tune in as he studies homozygous and heterozygous genotypes and the phenotypes they produce.

Mendel's First Law: The Law of Segregation

3. Mendel's First Law: The Law of Segregation

Breaking up is a hard thing to do, but homologous chromosomes always go their separate way. What effect does chromosome segregation have on genetics? We look once more to Adrian's flying hamsters for answers.

Mendel's Second Law: The Law of Independent Assortment

4. Mendel's Second Law: The Law of Independent Assortment

Understanding how Mendel's law of independent assortment describes inheritance of genes is as easy as flipping a coin. Grab a few coins, cue up the video and see how.

Exceptions to Simple Dominance: Codominance and Incomplete Dominance

5. Exceptions to Simple Dominance: Codominance and Incomplete Dominance

Have you ever wondered what it means if someone is a universal donor or acceptor of blood? See how genetic interactions play a key role in this trait.

Exceptions to Independent Assortment: Sex Linked and Sex Limited Traits

6. Exceptions to Independent Assortment: Sex Linked and Sex Limited Traits

More men are color blind compared women. But often, not every brother, cousin or uncle in a family tree is color blind. Why not? How can genetics explain this seemingly complex inheritance pattern?

Theory of Evolution

7. Theory of Evolution

We'll look at the interplay between population genetics and environment. Are traits individually acquired or do entire populations evolve? The flying hamsters and a few other notable experiments will provide the answers.

Natural Selection and Adaptation

8. 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.

Types of Natural Selection

9. Types of Natural Selection

We'll take a look at the types of natural selection that can occur. From flying hamsters to moths, you'll start to grasp the different paths organisms can take as they respond to their changing environments over time.

Intermediate Inheritance: Definition & Example

10. Intermediate Inheritance: Definition & Example

In this lesson, we'll explain what intermediate inheritance, or incomplete dominance, is. We will also review the basics of genetic inheritance and Punnett squares before looking at examples of incomplete dominance in plants, animals and humans.

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