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1.1 The Characteristics of Life
Although life is difficult to define, it can be recognized by certain common characteristics.
1. What are seven characteristics that distinguish living things from nonliving things?

2. For what reason is there both great diversity and unity among living things?
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Life Characteristics

Labeling Exercises
Levels of Organization - Plants (27.0K)
Levels of Organization - Animals (29.0K)
1.2 The Classification of Living Things
Living things are classified into categories according to their evolutionary relationships.
3. What is the basis for classifying organisms into specific categories?

4. Explain the difference between domains and kingdoms.
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Three Domains

Labeling Exercises
Kingdoms of Life (50.0K)

General Biology Weblinks
Taxonomy & Phylogenetics
1.3 The Organization of the Biosphere
The biosphere is made up of ecosystems where living things interact with each other and the physical environment.

Ecosystems and the biodiversity of the biosphere are being threatened by human activities.
5. What is an ecosystem, and what determines where different ecosystems are located?

6. Why is the preservation of biodiversity and ecosystems so important?
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Biomes and Climate

General Biology Weblinks
Biodiversity and Conservation
1.4 The Process of Science
Biologists gather information and come to conclusions about the natural world.

Various conclusions can sometimes be used to arrive at a theory, a general concept about the natural world.
7. List the steps of the scientific method.

8. What is the difference between a hypothesis and a scientific theory?
Art Quizzes
Scientific Method
1.5 Science and Social Responsibility
All persons have the responsibility to make an ethical and moral decision about how scientific information can be used.
9. What is a "technology" and who should decide whether a technology should be put to use?
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Public Action
World Views

Case Studies
Treatment of Critically Ill Newborns

Inquiry into LifeOnline Learning Center with Powerweb

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