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Nature of Biology & eBookPLUS

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The fourth dition of the Nature of Biology series has been revised and enhanced to specifically include the latest 2012 VCAA study design updates. Clear and easy-to-read explanations, detailed diagrams, and Quick-check questions throughout the chapters check and extend student understanding in line with VCE outcomes for Victioria Australian Curriculum. Student text features: * The latest VCAA study design updates * Videos, animations and interactivities * A wealth of weblinks * Highlighted text to help students identify the key concepts on each page Nature of Biology Book 1 4E and eBookPLUS is a hard-copy version of the textbook accompanied by eBookPLUS.

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Table of Contents

Preface x About eBookPLUS xi Acknowledgements xii UNIT 1 Unity and Diversity Area of Study 1 Cells in action Chapter 1 Cells: discovery and exploration 2 Life on Earth ? and beyond? 3 Cells and microscopes: an introduction 5 Cells: an historical overview 8 Tools for viewing cells 12 Biologist at work 15 Recent developments in current systems 18 Biologist at work 20 Biochallenge 22 Chapter review 23 Chapter 2 Structure and function of cells 25 Clues from a pond 26 Looking at cells 27 Cell walls 34 Cell organelles 35 Biologist at work 41 Putting it all together 43 Cells in multicellular organisms: levels of organisation 45 Biochallenge 50 Chapter review 51 Chapter 3 Composition of cells 55 Cells reveal clues to a crime 56 Materials to build and fuel cells 56 Water ? essential for life 56 Organic compounds 60 Minerals 65 Biologist at work 66 Vitamins 67 Producers at work: photosynthesis 70 Accessing energy: cellular respiration 73 Levels of biological organisation 75 Biochallenge 76 Chapter review 77 Chapter 4 Cell replication 79 ?Spray-on skin? 80 Nuclear division leads to reproduction of cells 82 Organelles such as mitochondria and chloroplasts also replicate 86 Where does mitosis occur? 91 Biochallenge 96 Chapter review 97 Area of Study 2 functioning organisms Chapter 5 obtaining energy and nutrients for life 100 Heterotrophs and autotrophs 101 Autotrophs and photosynthesis 102 Food for heterotrophs 106 Biology in the workplace 113 The digestive system 113 Accessing energy in organic compounds 129 Biochallenge 130 Chapter review 131 Chapter 6 distribution of materials 135 Robotic surgery: risk reduction 136 Transport systems 138 Blood circulatory system of mammals 138 Components of blood 139 Vessels to transport blood 141 The heart 143 Different circulatory systems 147 The lymphatic system 148 Transport of nutrients 148 Biologist at work 150 Transport of gases 151 Transport of wastes 158 Comparing transport systems in animals 164 Comparing excretory systems in animals 164 Transport in plants 166 Gaseous exchange in plants 171 Excretion in plants 176 Comparing plants with mammals 177 Biochallenge 178 Chapter review 179 Chapter 7 reproduction 183 Births and birth rates 184 Reproduction: making offspring 185 Reproduction without sex 188 Technology: asexual reproduction 193 Sexual reproduction in animals 196 Sexual reproduction in plants 197 Getting gametes together 201 Meiosis: making gametes 208 Human reproduction 213 Biologist at work 218 Biochallenge 220 Chapter review 221 Chapter 8 ordering the living world 225 The seeds that poisoned 226 Identification is important 227 Material for identification 229 Tools for identification 231 Biologist at work 236 Identification involves naming 237 Putting order into the living world 241 Biologist at work 244 New species continue to be found 245 Biology in the workplace 246 Classification: forming groups 248 Classification: how are groups formed? 255 Classifications can change 256 Classification: the big picture 256 Biochallenge 263 Chapter review 264 UNIT 2 Organisms and their environment Area of Study 1 Adaptations of organisms Chapter 9 habitats, environment and survival 268 Giant monsters of the deep 269 Habitat: where an organism lives 270 Range: the distribution of habitats 272 Technology as a tool in biology 275 Biologist at work 279 Who lives in a habitat? 279 Environment: what?s it like there? 282 The Australian environment 290 Surviving in the Australian environment 295 Australian fauna: what survives where? 301 Biochallenge 304 Chapter review 305 Chapter10 Physiological adaptations for survival 309 Water balance in the tarrkawarra 310 External and internal environments 311 Nerves and hormones: detecting and responding to change 313 Detecting temperature change 321 Maintaining core temperature 322 Behavioural activities 325 Animals surviving on land 328 Animals surviving in water 332 Plant responses to temperature change 333 Water balance in living organismss 336 Water balance in plants 341 Biochallenge 347 Chapter review 348 Chapter 11 Behaviours for survival 353 Welcome to my bower 354 Behaviour in animals 354 Biologist at work 373 Plant behaviour 374 Biochallenge 380 Chapter review 381 Chapter 12 reproductive strategies for survival 385 Sex at sea 386 A range of reproductive strategies 389 Mating systems 389 Offspring: how many? how often? 393 Eggs or liveborn young? 395 Parental care or not? 400 Reproductive strategies: Australian marsupials 403 How often do matings occur? 405 Patterns and times of breeding 405 Plant reproduction 407 Biology in the workplace 412 Biochallenge 414 Chapter review 415 Area of study 2 dynamic ecosystems Chapter 13 ecosystems and their living communities 420 To the ocean depths 421 Introducing ecosystems 423 Ecological communities 424 Interactions within ecosystems 432 Natural succession in ecosystems 446 Scientist at work 447 Biochallenge 449 Chapter review 450 Chapter 14 flow of energy and cycling of matter in ecosystems 453 A day in the life of krill 454 Ecosystems need an energy input 457 Producers capture and transform energy 458 Energy flows through ecosystems as chemical energy 459 Energy is lost at each transfer 462 Showing energy transfers 466 Ecological pyramids 468 Ecosystems differ in productivity 470 Ecosystems in darkness 473 Biologist at work 476 Matter cycles within ecosystems 478 Biogeochemical cycles 479 Bioaccumulation 484 Biochallenge 486 Chapter review 487 Chapter 15 Population dynamics 489 A population down south 490 Populations: how many? 490 A general look at populations 493 Biologist at work 497 Sampling populations 500 Biologist at work 504 Variables affecting population size 505 Models of population growth 506 Intrinsic growth rates 511 Biochallenge 516 Chapter review 516 Chapter 16 Changes in ecosystems 519 Cabbage Tree Island 520 Biologist at work 522 Changes in ecosystems 523 Global monitoring of ecosystems 526 Predicting effects of change in ecosystems 528 Human impacts on ecosystems 1 528 Responding to exotic invaders 533 Biologist at work 536 Human impacts on ecosystems 2 537 Monitoring and attacking secondary salinity 540 Human impacts on ecosystems 3 542 Natural change agents: fire 549 Restoring the balance 554 The global ecosystem: the biosphere 556 Biochallenge 559 Chapter review 560 Appendix A: Scientific measurement 562 Appendix B: Amino acids 563 Appendix C: Classification of living things 564 Glossary 570 Index 589

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