Ch 13: HESI Admission Assessment Exam: Biology

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This chapter is a fast and fun way to study for the biology portion of the HESI Admission Assessment exam. Watch video lessons and take practice quizzes to learn about key biology processes and concepts.

HESI Admission Assessment Exam: Biology - Chapter Summary

Get ready for the HESI Admission Assessment Exam Biology subtest with these chapter resources. You'll study topics like the defining characteristics of living organisms, cells and their organelles, genetics, respiration and photosynthesis. Once you complete this chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Identify the role of water in human biology
  • Discuss the major elements in biological molecules
  • Outline the differences between RNA and DNA
  • Explain what an organism is
  • Describe taxonomy and the classification and naming of living things
  • Compare the stages and steps of mitosis and meiosis
  • Detail the properties and applications of polymers
  • Point out the classification and life cycle of viruses

Each of these short lessons will get you up to speed on key biology topics in a short period of time. Lessons last about seven minutes on average, and can be watched as often as you'd like. Get an idea of the types of questions you can expect on the HESI Biology Exam with lesson quizzes and the chapter exam.

15 Lessons in Chapter 13: HESI Admission Assessment Exam: Biology
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Defining Characteristics of Living Organisms

1. The Defining Characteristics of Living Organisms

A house is not a living thing, but the people, animals, and plants living inside it are. So how do we define 'life'? Learn about seven characteristics that all living organisms have in common, no matter how different they may look on the outside.

What are Cells? - Overview

2. What are Cells? - Overview

All living organisms are made up of cells, but do you know what a cell is? In this lesson, you can learn about the three main structures that all cells contain and about the two major types of cells.

Organelles in Cells: Definition & Functions

3. Organelles in Cells: Definition & Functions

This lesson will focus on the major organelles that are found inside eukaryotic cells. It will discuss their structures and functions. The differences in organelles found in plant and animal cells will also be covered.

Genetics: Heredity, Traits & Chromosomes

4. Genetics: Heredity, Traits & Chromosomes

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.

What is Respiration? - Definition, Process & Equation

5. What is Respiration? - Definition, Process & Equation

Respiration is a metabolic process common to all living things. Here, you will learn the definition, location, processes, and formula for cellular respiration. At the end, you can test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Photosynthesis: Definition & Reactions

6. Photosynthesis: Definition & Reactions

Some people may falsely assume plants to be weaker than animals. However, plants and a few other organisms harness light energy from the sun to feed the rest of us. This lesson will introduce you to how they do it.

The Role of Water in Human Biology

7. The Role of Water in Human Biology

After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain why water is so important, and describe the five main functions of water in the human body. A short quiz will follow.

Major Elements in Biological Molecules: Proteins, Nucleic Acids, Carbohydrates & Lipids

8. Major Elements in Biological Molecules: Proteins, Nucleic Acids, Carbohydrates & Lipids

Bacterial cells have complex macromolecules built from simple molecules. In this lesson, we will look at the major elements in the building blocks of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids.

Differences Between RNA and DNA & Types of RNA (mRNA, tRNA & rRNA)

9. Differences Between RNA and DNA & Types of RNA (mRNA, tRNA & rRNA)

In this lesson, you'll explore RNA structure and learn the central dogma of molecular biology. Along the way, you'll meet the three types of RNA and see how the cell uses them most effectively.

Organism: Definition & Explanation

10. Organism: Definition & Explanation

An organism is any living thing. There are millions of organisms, so how do scientists organize them all? Learn more about the diversity of life on Earth and how scientists classify them, then take a quiz to test your knowledge!

Taxonomy: Classification and Naming of Living Things

11. 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.

What is Mitosis? - Definition, Stages & Function

12. What is Mitosis? - Definition, Stages & Function

Every day your body cells are dividing using a process called mitosis. This allows you to grow and replace damaged or worn out cells. Learn about the stages of mitosis: prophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase.

What is Meiosis? - Steps & Results

13. What is Meiosis? - Steps & Results

It's meiosis that gives us the male and female reproductive cells known as the egg and sperm. In meiosis, two cell divisions take place, which produces four genetically unique cells with half the number of chromosomes as the parent cell.

What Are Polymers? - Properties, Applications & Examples

14. What Are Polymers? - Properties, Applications & Examples

Polymers are huge molecules that are encountered in nature as well as in our modern technology. This lesson introduces students to polymers, their properties, and some of the many ways polymers are found in the modern world.

Viruses: Definition, Classification & Life Cycle

15. Viruses: Definition, Classification & Life Cycle

From the common cold to HIV, viruses can be an annoyance, and even have the potential to kill you. This lesson will define what a virus is, describe how scientists classify them and will give an overview of the virus life cycle.

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