Reductionism in Biology: Definition & Examples


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A reductionist approach to studying muscle tissue would be to look more closely at...

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1. Which order of academic study reflects a reductionist approach?

2. Which of the following make up a DNA molecule?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Test your ability to understand reductionism with this quiz and worksheet combo. Quiz questions assess your knowledge of what reductionism is and why this approach looks at the simplest form of an organism before moving onto complex forms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • The reductionist approach to studying muscle tissue
  • The relationship between academic fields and reductionism
  • The structure of DNA
  • The development of organisms
  • Issues with the reductionist approach

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related reductionist lesson
  • Making connections- use understanding of the concept of DNA
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding growth and development

Additional Learning

Make sure to also read the lesson called Reductionism in Biology: Definition & Examples. The lesson has the following objectives:

  • Define reductionism
  • Identify the reductionist model of biological levels
  • Explore examples of the reductionist approach
  • Understand the relationship between molecular biology and physics