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Ch 14: Characteristics & Organization of Organisms

About This Chapter

Review this chapter's lessons to refresh your understanding of the organization and characteristics of living things. The chapter is useful for a variety of academic purposes including test preparation, homework help, tutoring and textbook supplementation.

Characteristics & Organization of Organisms - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll study the characteristics and organization of different types of organisms on the planet Earth. Our instructors focus in on the functions and structures of unicellular and multicellular organisms and explain their key differences. You'll also see how these organism groups are organized in the study of biology. When you're finished working through the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the characteristics, organization, functions and structure of living organisms
  • Identify unicellular organisms
  • Explain how multicellular organisms are organized in a hierarchical structure
  • Differentiate between organisms in terms of their structures and specialized functions

Work through this chapter at your own pace using the device that you prefer. You'll have the opportunity to reinforce your knowledge by taking the included lesson quizzes and chapter exam. If you get stuck or need clarification on a lesson topic, simply take advantage of our Ask the Expert feature. The chapter is available around the clock, which helps you study whenever you have free time in your schedule.

5 Lessons in Chapter 14: Characteristics & Organization of Organisms
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Characteristics of Living Things

1. Characteristics of Living Things

Have you ever wondered what makes something alive? Learn more about the characteristics that classify something as living. These shared traits can be observed in all living things in the world around us.

Living Organisms: Organization, Functions & Structure

2. Living Organisms: Organization, Functions & Structure

In this lesson, you'll learn about living organisms and how they're structured and organized. You'll also discover how the larger functions of organisms are spread into smaller parts. Then, take a quiz to test what you've learned.

Unicellular Organisms: Definition & Examples

3. Unicellular Organisms: Definition & Examples

Life takes a great variety of forms. This world is home to many simple organisms that live in a variety of environments. In this lesson, we will examine unicellular organisms to gain a better understanding of them.

The Hierarchical Organization of Multicellular Organisms

4. The Hierarchical Organization of Multicellular Organisms

In this lesson, we'll be exploring the awesome organization of living things. If you've ever wondered how microscopic cells could possibly produce a living human being, this lesson is for you.

Specialized Functions & Structures: Differences Between Organisms

5. Specialized Functions & Structures: Differences Between Organisms

All organisms have many of the same basic needs and perform the same functions such as eating, drinking, and reproducing. In this lesson we'll look at how different organisms accomplish these tasks with different structures that in the end lead to the same result.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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