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NES General Science: Traits of Living Organisms - Chapter Summary
Use this in-depth look at the traits of living organisms to increase your ability to answer related questions on the NES General Science assessment. The chapter's short video lessons cover several kingdoms of living organisms as well as the elements of taxonomy and binomial nomenclature. Upon completion of this chapter, you will be prepared for questions that ask you to do the following:
- Define and classify binomial nomenclature
- Describe taxonomy and explain how to classify/name living things
- Recognize the characteristics of the Protista, Plantae, Animalia and Fungi kingdoms
- Define the life cycle and its stages
- Examine living systems and their requirements for free energy and matter
- Describe the transformation of energy in living organisms
The lessons are short, averaging 10 minutes apiece, which can help you condense a lot of subject matter as you study for the exam. You can watch the lessons repeatedly until you're sure you've absorbed the lesson concepts. The chapter also includes printable transcripts for offline study, and you can review these study resources at any time that fits your schedule.
1. What is a Life Cycle? - Definition, Stages & Examples
A life cycle shows the different stages of life that an organism goes through. Learn about the definition of a life cycle, the different stages, how life spans vary and see some examples of life cycles of organisms such as flowering plants, salmon, and humans.
2. Living Systems Requirement for Free Energy and Matter
All living things require free energy and matter to grow, or maintain, their biological system requirements. Explore the use of energy in plants, how different chemicals are exchanged, captured, and stored, and the significance of fluctuations in available free matter.
3. Energy and Life: The Transformation of Energy in Living Organisms
While the sun is an excellent source of energy, not all forms of life can utilize the sun's energy directly. This lesson describes how plants transform the sun's energy into potential energy stored in sugar, how living organisms utilize energy in sugar to perform work, and how the relationship between photosynthesis and cellular respiration is necessary for life.
4. Binomial Nomenclature: Definition, Classification & System
Scientists use a binomial naming system, the lowest level of the taxonomic classification system, to give every species a distinct name. Learn the parts of binomial nomenclature, its rules, and the higher levels of the scientific classification system.
5. Taxonomy: Classification and Naming of Living Things
Scientific names are used in taxonomy, the study of naming and classifying living things. Learn more about the characteristics of organisms in the six kingdoms and how the kingdoms are grouped into three domains.
6. Kingdom Protista: Definition, Characteristics & Examples
One of the five kingdoms of life, Kingdom Protista consists of organisms known as protists which do not fit the criteria for other kingdoms. Learn about examples, characteristics, and the method of classification which make up this kingdom.
7. Kingdom Plantae: Facts, Characteristics & Examples
Life on earth is made up of six kingdoms of organisms, including kingdom plantae, which includes all plant life. This lesson explores facts about this kingdom, reviewing the characteristics members of this kingdom share, giving examples, and exploring how important this kingdom is the everyday life of human beings.
8. Animalia Kingdom: Definition, Characteristics & Facts
The Animalia Kingdom is defined as an assorted collection of organisms that have shared characteristics, and is the most expansive kingdom of organisms. Learn more about the Animalia Kingdom's characteristics, such as multicellular, heterotrophic, and eukaryotic, and other interesting facts.
9. Kingdom Fungi: Definition, Characteristics, & Examples
Living organisms that aren't plants or animals make up the kingdom Fungi. Learn how to define Fungi, explore the kingdom's characteristics, and review some examples of Fungi.
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- Overview of Human Body Systems
- Principles of Genetics
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- NES General Science: Historical Geology
- Overview of Weathering & Erosion
- NES General Science: Plate Tectonics
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- Basics of the Atmosphere, Weather & Climate
- Overview of the Solar System & Universe
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