Ch 20: NYSTCE Biology: The Origin of Life on Earth

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Prepare for NYSTCE Biology questions on the origins of life, how life has evolved and the requirements for life with these lively lessons and self-assessment quizzes. We provide a variety of methods to help you prepare for these types of questions on the exam.

NYSTCE Biology: The Origin of Life on Earth - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter's lessons to review information on the history of life and requirements for sustaining life. You'll be prepared for NYSTCE Biology questions on:

  • The history of life
  • The endosymbiosis theory
  • The living systems requirement
  • The function and structure of living organisms
  • Organisms: reproduction and homeostasis
  • Forms of evolutionary change

These lessons are available anytime on a computer, smartphone or tablet. They're short, averaging about five minutes each, and they include a transcript with key terms and concepts emphasized. Quizzes and a chapter exam let you assess your comprehension, and you can track your progress on our Dashboard.

NYSTCE Biology: The Origin of Life on Earth Chapter Objectives

In New York State, passing the NYSTCE Biology exam is a requirement for certification to teach the subject in a public school. The exam is divided into seven subareas, and questions on the origins of life are in the Genetics and Evolution subarea. This subarea makes up 15% of the test's total content.

The exam consists of 90 multiple-choice questions and one written response. Our lesson quizzes contain only multiple-choice questions, giving you an idea of what you'll encounter on this part of the NYSTCE Biology exam. The quizzes let you evaluate your learning and include links back to the lessons so you can review information for questions you missed.

6 Lessons in Chapter 20: NYSTCE Biology: The Origin of Life on Earth
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Life on Earth: Origin & History

1. Life on Earth: Origin & History

How did life on Earth begin? How did we get from those primitive beginnings to the vast diversity we see today? In this lesson we'll cover both the origin and history of life on Earth, taking you on an exciting adventure through time.

The Endosymbiosis Theory: Evolution of Cells

2. The Endosymbiosis Theory: Evolution of Cells

Ever wonder why some cells are very simple and others are complex with countless organelles to remember? We will look at how simple cells evolved to become more complex cells - as well as evidence to support this.

Living Systems Requirement for Free Energy and Matter

3. Living Systems Requirement for Free Energy and Matter

Free energy and matter are required by all living things in order to grow, reproduce, and maintain biological processes. Additionally, free energy and matter must also be recycled through the environment in order to remove dead material and allow for new growth.

Living Organisms: Organization, Functions & Structure

4. 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.

Growth, Reproduction & Dynamic Homeostasis in Organisms

5. Growth, Reproduction & Dynamic Homeostasis in Organisms

What makes something a living thing? In this lesson, you will refresh your knowledge of three important features of living things -- growth, reproduction, and homeostasis.

Evolutionary Change: Definition and Forms

6. Evolutionary Change: Definition and Forms

You've probably heard of Charles Darwin and evolution. We know that evolution is change over time, but here we will look at how these changes may have occurred during Earth's history.

Chapter Practice Exam
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