Biology, Eighth Edition (Raven)

Chapter 1: The Science of Biology

Learning Outcomes

Chapter 1
  • Understand why it is important to have a good working knowledge of biology.
  • Understand the processes involved in scientific discovery.
  • Describe how a hypothesis is formulated and how it becomes a theory.
  • Define variable and understand its involvement in a controlled experiment.
  • Cite the evidence from Darwin’s voyage that initiated his ideas on evolution.
  • Explain the revolutionary aspects of Darwin’s evolutionary concepts.
  • Know the scientists who greatly influenced Darwin and how their work contributed to his.
  • Understand why natural selection is the driving force of evolution.
  • Explain why Darwin postponed the publication of his theory and describe the event that finally prompted its publication.
  • List the evidence after Darwin’s time that further supports the validity of the theory of evolution.
  • List the 4 themes that unify biology as a science.
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