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Ch 6: Campbell Biology Chapter 6: A Tour of the Cell

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The Tour of the Cell chapter of this Campbell Biology Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with the cell. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Tour of the Cell textbook chapter.

How It Works:

  • Identify the lessons in the Campbell Biology Tour of the Cell chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the cell 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:

  • Parts and uses of the light microscope
  • Types of electron microscopes
  • How eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells differ
  • How the nucleus is structured
  • The structure and function of ribosomes
  • Parts of the endomembrane system
  • The function of lysosomes
  • The structure of mitochondria
  • The composition of the cytoskeleton
  • Plant cell structures
  • Components of the extracellular matrix
  • Kinds of cell junctions

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12 Lessons in Chapter 6: Campbell Biology Chapter 6: A Tour of the Cell
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Light Microscope: Definition, Uses & Parts

1. Light Microscope: Definition, Uses & Parts

Observation is an essential part of science, especially biology. Objects like bacteria, however, are too small to observe with the naked eye. For this reason, the light microscope has become an important and widely used tool for scientists.

What is an Electron Microscope? - Definition, Types & Uses

2. What is an Electron Microscope? - Definition, Types & Uses

Find out how we can observe the arrangement of atoms in a crystal, or the small features on the antenna of a wasp. In this lesson you will understand how electron microscopes work and their applications in science and technology.

Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Cells: Similarities and Differences

3. Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Cells: Similarities and Differences

In this lesson, we discuss the similarities and differences between the eukaryotic cells of your body and prokaryotic cells such as bacteria. Eukaryotes organize different functions within specialized membrane-bound compartments called organelles. These structures do not exist in prokaryotes.

Structure of the Nucleus: Nucleolus, Nuclear Membrane, and Nuclear Pores

4. Structure of the Nucleus: Nucleolus, Nuclear Membrane, and Nuclear Pores

In this lesson, we'll discuss the organization and importance of the nucleus in your cells. This is the membrane-bound structure responsible for containing all the genetic material essential to making you who you are.

The Ribosome: Structure, Function and Location

5. The Ribosome: Structure, Function and Location

The ribosome is the cellular structure responsible for decoding your DNA. In this lesson, we'll learn about ribosome structure, function and location - characteristics that make it a very good genetic translator.

The Endomembrane System: Functions & Components

6. The Endomembrane System: Functions & Components

In this lesson, we'll learn about the endomembrane system, which consists of the endoplasmic reticulum and the Golgi apparatus. This system is important in making, packaging, and shipping all sorts of goodies for the cell to use!

Lysosome: Definition & Function

7. Lysosome: Definition & Function

Lysosomes are organelles found inside all cells. In this lesson, you will learn about the structure and function of lysosomes to gain a better understanding of them.

Mitochondria Structure: Cristae, Matrix and Inner & Outer Membrane

8. Mitochondria Structure: Cristae, Matrix and Inner & Outer Membrane

If you want to make it through the day, you're going to need some energy. In this lesson, we'll learn about the organelle that supplies this energy, the mitochondrion, and why this cell structure appreciates the time you took to eat breakfast this morning!

The Cytoskeleton: Microtubules and Microfilaments

9. The Cytoskeleton: Microtubules and Microfilaments

In this lesson, we'll learn about the cytoskeleton of your cells. This network of microtubules, intermediate filaments, and microfilaments helps different types of cells maintain a unique set of characteristics, including shape and movement.

Plant Cell Structures: The Cell Wall and Central Vacuole

10. Plant Cell Structures: The Cell Wall and Central Vacuole

In this lesson, we'll talk about some of the things that make plant cells so different from our cells. In addition to being mean, green photosynthesizing machines, plant cells have cell walls and central vacuoles to make them unique!

Extracellular Matrix: Function, Components & Definition

11. Extracellular Matrix: Function, Components & Definition

This lesson describes the structure and function of the extracellular matrix, which fills the space between the cells of your tissues. A quiz at the end of the lesson will evaluate what you've learned.

Types of Cell Junctions

12. Types of Cell Junctions

How do cells deal with neighboring cells? Do they communicate with one another or hold hands? This lesson explores the world of animal and plant cell junctions.

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