Using your notes, textbooks, and the presentations and other materials given in class, attempt to answer these questions in your mind. You may also write down your answers to these questions on scratch paper or in your notebooks. These will serve as your guide for the first long test and the first half of the Periodic Exam.
Characteristics of Life
- Enumerate the characteristics of living things and give examples for each.
Levels of Organization
- Differentiate the levels of organization and give examples for each.
- Define emergent property and identify emergent properties present at each level of organization.
Unifying Themes in the Study of Biology
- Identify the theme present in an article about Biology (articles from http://www.sciencedaily.com/ and http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/ are good for practice).
Branches of Biology
- Name and describe at least one branch of biology for each level of organization.
Introduction to Ecology
- Enumerate and describe the important abiotic conditions in the six terrestrial and three aquatic biomes.
- Explain how organisms (at least one plant and one animal) living in these biomes have adapted to the abiotic conditions.
- Explain how organisms in these biomes affect both the abiotic conditions and biotic conditions here.
- Given a statement, identify the habitat and niche of an organism.
- Explain the competitive exclusion principle.
- Describe the three types of ecological pyramids and explain the information contained in each.
- Differentiate between food chains and food webs.
- Define or describe the five important characteristics of a population: geographic distribution, density, dispersion, growth rate, and age structure.
- Describe the following patterns of population dispersion and explain what may cause them: clumped, uniform, random.
- Explain how these three factors can affect population size: the number of births, the number of deaths, and the number of individuals that enter or leave a population.
- Differentiate between exponential and logistic growth in populations and explain what influences the type of growth pattern observed.
- Relate the terms biotic potential, environmental resistance, and carrying capacity to each other.
- Differentiate and give examples for density-dependent and density-independent factors that may limit population growth.
- Enumerate factors that have influenced human population growth throughout history.
- Analyze age-structure diagrams and explain the information obtained.
- Describe the effects of human population growth and how different lifestyles can affect future populations.