Modular Approach In this edition, many former one-page sections have been combined into attractive two-page sections with a single title; half page sections have become one-page sections with new titles. This modular approach has the benefit that each illustration is on the same or facing page to its reference and it will rarely be necessary for students to turn a page in order to reach the end of a section. A short introduction ties numbered subsections into a comprehensive whole.
A new feature in the Chapter Outline “Before You Begin” alerts students to any previous references in the book that pertain to the Learning Outcomes of the chapter.
Many introductions are new and most contain new photographs and arrangements to be more visually appealing to today’s students.
The Learning Outcomes are new and placed at the start of each numbered section. Connect homework and test bank content are directly tied to these outcomes, allowing instructors to test student comprehension of specific concepts and focus classroom time where it is needed.
Check Your Progress questions at the end of each section are new and are now better tied to the learning outcomes. All questions are answered in the Appendix.
All Summaries are new: The number of bullets has been reduced to only one or two for each section.
Several media tools (MP3 files, Animations, 3D Animations, Videos) are integrated into the running text as icons, alerting students to the availability of these learning tools. These icons become active links in the online ConnectPlus eBook version of the textbook.
Applications are used throughout Concepts of Biology to show how biological concepts relate to student’s lives. These include How Life Changes, How Biology Impacts Our Lives and How Science Progresses.
Connecting the Concepts help students understand how the concepts in the present chapter are related to one another and to those in other chapters.