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Lecture Notes for BIOL 1005 - General Biology with Lipscomb at Virginia Tech (VT)

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Material Type:Outline
Professor:Lipscomb
Class:BIOL 1005 - General Biology
Subject:Biological Sciences
University:Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University
Term:Fall 2008
Keywords:
  • Cell Membrane
  • Hydrophilic
  • No Molecules
  • Phospholipids
  • Carbohydrates
  • Quarternary Structure
  • Endocytosis
  • Other Molecules
  • Ionic Bonds
  • Plasmodesmata
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Chapter 1 Outline Section 1.1 How Do Scientists Study Life? • Matter has different levels of organization, ranging from the atom (the lowest level) to the community (the highest level, Figure 1-1). The cell is the smallest unit of life (Figure 1-2). Scientific inquiry is based on the principles of (1) natural causality, (2) natural laws are uniform in space and time, and (3) the common perception of natural events. Scientific inquiry occurs by use of the scientific method, which consists of observation, question, hypothesis, prediction, experiment, and conclusion (Figure 1-4). Controls are used to isolate the effect of a single variable on an experimental observation. Experimental results are only useful if they are communicated to the general public. A scientific theory is a broad explanation of a natural phenomenon, supported by extensive and reproducible observations. A scientific theory is formed through inductive reasoning, which can then be used to support deductive reasoning. All scientific theories ...

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