Ch 1: Holt McDougal Modern Biology Chapter 1: The Science of Life

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The Science of Life chapter of this Holt McDougal Modern Biology textbook companion course helps students learn essential modern biology lessons on the science of life. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Science of Life textbook chapter.

How it works:

  • Identify the lessons in the Holt McDougal Modern Biology Science of Life chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the biology 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:

  • The scope of biology
  • Diversity and evolution
  • The scientific method
  • Experimental design
  • Parts and uses of the compound microscope
  • Parts and uses of electron microscopes
  • Laboratory safety
  • The metric system

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8 Lessons in Chapter 1: Holt McDougal Modern Biology Chapter 1: The Science of Life
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Biology: The Study of Life

1. Biology: The Study of Life

Biology is the study of life and all of the characteristics that living organisms have in common. Study the definition of biology and explore the characteristics of life.

Themes in Biology: Diversity, Interdependence & Evolution

2. Themes in Biology: Diversity, Interdependence & Evolution

Biology is broadly divided into three key themes: diversity, interdependence, and evolution. We'll describe each of these themes and explain their importance to understanding life as a whole. At the end, you can test your knowledge with a brief quiz.

The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples

3. The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples

The scientific method is a set of principles and procedures followed to gain knowledge through making questions and observations, performing experiments, and formulating and testing a hypothesis. Explore the key elements and real-life applications of the scientific method.

Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method

4. Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method

The design of scientific experiments uses the scientific method to prove or disprove hypotheses. Learn the definition of the scientific method of experimentation, controls utilized in experimental design, and discover the differences between hypotheses, theories, and laws.

Introduction to the Compound Microscope: Parts & Uses

5. Introduction to the Compound Microscope: Parts & Uses

The compound microscope is an instrument that uses lenses to magnify microscopic objects and organisms. Review an introduction to the compound microscope and learn about its parts, uses, clarity, and overall structure.

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

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

An electron microscope uses electrons to observe the structure and morphology of things at smaller scales. Learn how an electron microscope differs from standard ones and discover the three main types of electron microscopes that are used.

Laboratory Safety Techniques: Protecting People and Equipment

7. Laboratory Safety Techniques: Protecting People and Equipment

Laboratory safety techniques include personal body protection, proper use of containers and substances, protocol for accidents and spills, clean up, and common sense. Explore these techniques for protecting people and equipment while in a laboratory.

What is the Metric System?

8. What is the Metric System?

The metric system is an international system of measurement that is used by the majority of countries in the world. Learn about the metric system and discover the metric units used for distance, weight, volume, and time.

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