Origins to Complexity

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Essential Questions: 

Where did atoms, the stars, the planets, and all the living creatures in the universe come from?

How are planets and galaxies part of a greater system?

How are the properties that lead to life are built into the chemistry and physics of our universe?

How are the molecules in living things part of a greater system?

What theories explain the origin of life?

How are the diverse living organisms on Earth part of a greater system?

How and why do populations of organisms change over time?

What is the cellular basis of heredity and how does it work?

How do cells divide?

How are systems kept in balance both inside of our bodies and on the Earth as a whole?

Content: 

*origin and organization of the universe

*origin of the first cells

*natural selection and evolution

*patterns and mechanisms of heredity 

*mitosis and meiosis

*protein synthesis

*human body: cardiopulmonary and nervous systems

 

Skills and Processes: 

*Setting up and using lab equipment to collect data

*Using a computer to collect and analyze data

*Representing data visually as graphs, figures, charts, etc.

*Developing a mathematical equation from the graph of data

*Working with scientific notation and significant figures and uncertainty

*Problem solving using metric system and dimensional analysis

*Thinking critically through scientific reasoning

*Learning to work collaboratively

*Experimental design

*Written communication of results and solutions

Assessment: 

*Tests and quizzes
*Laboratory work and lab reports
*Homework
*Class participation
*Oral presentations

Resources: 

Biology, Life on Earth; Audesirk, Audesirk and Byers; Seventh Edition; Pearson, Prentice Hall

current media articles

Various news and data websites