Biology: The Essentials 13 9780078024252
Biology: The Essentials

Biology: The Essentials

Grade Levels: 13
By Mariëlle Hoefnagels
Copyright: 2016
Publication Date: January 1, 2015
MHID: 0078024250
ISBN 13: 9780078024252

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New Features

What’s The Point? Applied: This new follow-up reading explores one application of the chapter concepts introduced in the What’s The Point? opening reading.

Margin Glossaries: These mini-glossaries occur in sections with a lot of new terminology to aid in reading comprehension.

Investigating Life: This key feature was heavily revised to focus on the needs of the essentials-level student, with greater emphasis on process of science and scientific inquiry.

Media Integration: Icons within the text point students to relevant media that illustrate difficult concepts or provide an opportunity to practice their knowledge.

Key Features

Animated Tutorials: This set of videos based on textbook images was created by the author to walk students through the most difficult material, step by step.

  • SmartBook™ is the first—and only—adaptive reading experience designed to transform the way students read.
    • Engages students with a personalized reading experience
    • Ensures students retain knowledge
  • LearnSmart Labs™ is a must-see, outcomes based lab simulation. It assesses a student’s knowledge and adaptively corrects deficiencies, allowing the student to learn faster and retain more knowledge with greater success.

    Learn How To Learn – Each chapter presents one study tip the author uses in her own classroom to help students take a concrete step toward improved learning.
    Figure It Out – Found at key points in the narrative, these questions focus on quantitative skills and allow students to apply new ideas right away.
    Pull It Together – Students are provided with a concept map of the main concepts from the chapter, and asked a set of questions designed to make them think more deeply about the relationships among those concepts.
    Burning Question – The author answers questions she has received from her own students and those submitted by students using Concepts in their biology course.
    What’s The Point? and Why We Care? These high-interest readings help students see the relevance of science content to their daily lives.

  • Biology: The Essentials

    Unit 1: Science, Chemistry, and Cells
    1. Scientific Study of Life
    2. The Chemistry of Life
    3. Cells
    4. The Energy of Life
    5. Photosynthesis
    6. How Cells Release Energy
    Unit 2: Biotechnology, Genetics, and Inheritance
    7. DNA Structure and Gene Function
    8. DNA Replication and Cell Division
    9. Sexual Reproduction and Meiosis
    10. Patterns of Inheritance
    11. DNA Technology
    Unit 3: Evolution and Diversity
    12. Forces of Evolutionary Change
    13. Evidence of Evolution
    14. Speciation and Extinction
    15. Evolution and Diversity of Microbial Life
    16. Evolution and Diversity of Plants
    17. Evolution and Diversity of Animals
    Unit 4: Ecology
    18. Populations
    19. Communities and Ecosystems
    20. Preserving Biodiversity
    Unit 5: Plant Physiology
    21. Plant Form and Function 22. Reproduction and Development of Flowering Plants Unit 6: Animal Physiology 23. Animal Tissues and Organ Systems
    24. The Nervous System and the Senses
    25. The Endocrine System
    26. The Skeletal and Muscular Systems
    27. The Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
    28. The Digestive and Urinary Systems
    29. The Immune System
    30. Animal Reproduction and Development

    About the Author

    Mariëlle Hoefnagels

    Mariëlle Hoefnagels is an associate professor in the Department of Biology and the Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches courses in introductory biology, mycology, and science writing. She has received the University of Oklahoma General Education Teaching Award and the Longmire Prize (the Teaching Scholars Award from the College of Arts and Sciences). She has also been awarded honorary memberships in several student honor societies. Dr. Hoefnagels received her BS in environmental science from the University of California at Riverside, her MS in soil science from North Carolina State University, and her PhD in plant pathology from Oregon State University. Her dissertation work focused on the use of bacterial biological control agents to reduce the spread of fungal pathogens on seeds. In addition to authoring Biology: The Essentials and Biology: Concepts and Investigations, her recent publications have focused on creating investigative teaching laboratories and integrating technology into introductory biology classes. She also maintains a blog on teaching nonmajors biology, and she frequently gives presentations on study skills and related topics to student groups across campus.