Ch 1: ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 1.1: Introduction to Ecology

About This Chapter

The Introduction to Ecology chapter of this ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with introductory ecology. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Introduction to Ecology textbook chapter.

How It Works:

  • Identify the lessons in the ScienceFusion Introduction to Ecology chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the introductory ecology 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:

  • Levels of ecology
  • The definition for an ecosystem
  • Biotic factors
  • How a species is defined
  • Kinds of biomes
  • The definition for a habitat
  • Ecological niches

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5 Lessons in Chapter 1: ScienceFusion Ecology & the Environment Unit 1.1: Introduction to Ecology
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The Environment, Levels of Ecology and Ecosystems

1. The Environment, Levels of Ecology and Ecosystems

Do you know the difference between an environment and an ecosystem? In this lesson, you'll find out what makes an environment, and what makes an ecosystem. You'll also learn what ecology is and some of the ways that scientists study ecology using organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems and even the entire biosphere.

Biotic Factor: Definition & Examples

2. Biotic Factor: Definition & Examples

This lesson focuses on the meaning of the term 'biotic factor.' It also introduces other terminology such as the words 'abiotic' and 'ecosystem'. There are real-world examples embedded in the lesson, and a brief quiz follows.

What is a Species? - Definition & Explanation

3. What is a Species? - Definition & Explanation

In biology, a species is one of the basic units of biological classification. It most commonly refers to a group of physically similar organisms that can exchange genetic information and produce fertile offspring. Learn more in this lesson.

What Is a Biome? - Definition & Types

4. What Is a Biome? - Definition & Types

If you travel around the world, you can visit dry deserts with lots of cacti, the cold arctic with little plant life, or humid tropical rainforests. These different regions on Earth are all called biomes. Continue reading to learn about different types of biomes.

Ecosystems, Habitats and Ecological Niches

5. Ecosystems, Habitats and Ecological Niches

Check out this video lesson to understand the many complex aspects of an ecosystem. See how animals live in habitats and survive amongst their surroundings.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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