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Biology: Concepts and Applications, 9th Edition

  • Cecie Starr
  • Christine Evers
  • Lisa Starr
  • ISBN-10: 1285427815
  • ISBN-13: 9781285427812
  • 880 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2006
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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Overview

About the Product

In the new edition of BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, authors Cecie Starr, Christine A. Evers, and Lisa Starr have partnered with the National Geographic Society to develop a text designed to engage and inspire. This trendsetting text introduces the key concepts of biology to non-biology majors using clear explanations and unparalleled visuals. While mastering core concepts, each chapter challenges students to question what they read and apply the concepts learned, providing students with the critical thinking skills and science knowledge they need in life. Renowned for its writing style the new edition is enhanced with exclusive content from the National Geographic Society, including over 200 new photos and illustrations. New People Matter sections in most chapters profile National Geographic Explorers and Grantees who are making significant contributions in their field, showing students how concepts in the chapter are being applied in their biological research. Each chapter concludes with an 'Application' section highlighting real-world uses of biology and helping students make connections to chapter content. Helping visual learners, "Figure It Out" questions in many illustrations ensure students understand the concepts. Data Analysis Activities at the end of every chapter help students strengthen their analytical skills. "Take Home Messages" ensure students grasp key concepts. Throughout this issues-oriented text, the authors emphasize that biology is an ongoing endeavor carried out by a diverse community of people and prepare students to make decisions that require an understanding of the process of science and basic biological principles.

Features

  • The entire text has been enhanced visually throughout. Key Concepts with thumbnail images are reiterated in the visual summaries, and stepped out figures and “Figure It Out” figures help students along the way.

  • Data Analysis Activities provide students with the opportunity to work with real data, further strengthening analytical skills and providing insight into contemporary research.

  • Take-Home Message at the end of each section poses a question that reflects the critical content of the section and answers the question in bulleted list format so students grasp the key concepts.

  • On-page running glossary provides immediate help with the language of Biology and aids reading comprehension.

  • Digital options include MindTap for Biology, a homework solution that reinforces course concepts, and MindTap for Biology, which combines readings, multimedia, activities, and assessments into a singular learning path. The MindTap media includes pop-up tutors that help explain key topics with short video explanations.

  • The text balances concepts and applications. All points necessary for developing an understanding of a basic concept are on a single page or two facing pages so students can focus on one topic at a time and digest information in manageable segments.

  • The visually-appealing and accurate art program helps visual learners with step-by-step art, Figure It Out” images, and animated figures.

About the Author

Cecie Starr

For decades, Cecie Starr has been known as one of the best-selling biology textbook authors. Her texts, appreciated for their clarity in both the written word and the visual representation of biological concepts, include multiple editions of BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, and BIOLOGY TODAY AND TOMORROW. Her original dream was to become an architect. Instead of building houses, she now builds, with care and attention to detail, texts based on this philosophy: "I invite students into a chapter through an intriguing story. Once inside, they get the great windows that biologists construct on the world of life. Biology is not just another house. It is a conceptual mansion. I hope to do it justice."

Christine Evers

Christine Evers has been providing tools for biology education for more than 20 years. Before becoming a textbook author, she provided content for Genentech’s Access Excellence website and developed digital course materials for a variety of publishers. She received her undergraduate education at SUNY Stony Brook and did graduate work at Yale University.

Lisa Starr

Lisa Starr has been creating incredible art for the Starr biology textbooks since 1997 and began authoring the books in 2004. She has a passion for all things science, and particularly enjoys parsing complex scientific concepts into written and visual content that engages nonscientists. She has an education in chemistry and biochemistry and an extensive background in molecular biology-based research in both academic and industrial settings.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
1. Invitation to Biology.
Part I: PRINCIPLES OF CELLULAR LIFE.
2. Life's Chemical Basis.
3. Molecules of Life.
4. Cell Structure.
5. Ground Rules of Metabolism.
6. Where It Starts-Photosynthesis.
7. How Cells Release Chemical Energy.
Part II: GENETICS.
8. DNA Structure and Function.
9. From DNA to Protein.
10. Control of Gene Expression.
11. How Cells Reproduce.
12. Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction.
13. Observing Patterns in Inherited Traits.
14. Human Inheritance.
15. Biotechnology.
Part III: PRINCIPLES OF EVOLUTION.
16. Evidence of Evolution.
17. Processes of Evolution.
18. Life's Origin and Early Evolution.
Part IV: EVOLUTION AND BIODIVERSITY.
19. Viruses, Bacteria, and Archaeans.
20. The Protists.
21. Plant Evolution.
22. Fungi.
23. Animals I: Invertebrate Groups.
24. Animals II: The Chordates.
Part V. HOW PLANTS WORK.
25. Plant Tissues.
26. Plant Nutrition and Transport.
27. Plant Reproduction and Development.
Part VI. HOW ANIMALS WORK.
28. Animal Tissues and Organ Systems.
29. Neural Control.
30. Sensory Perception.
31. Endocrine Control.
32. Structural Support and Movement.
33. Circulation.
34. Immunity.
35. Respiration.
36. Digestion and Human Nutrition.
37. Maintaining the Internal Environment.
38. Reproduction and Development.
Part VII: PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY.
39. Animal Behavior.
40. Population Ecology.
41. Community Ecology.
42. Ecosystems.
43. The Biospheres.
44. Human Effects on the Biosphere.
Appendix I: Periodic Table of the Elements.
Appendix II: Amino Acids.
Appendix III: A Closer Look at Some Major Metabolic Pathways.
Appendix IV: A Plain English Map of the Human Chromosomes.
Appendix V: Restless Earth-Life's Changing Geologic Stage.
Appendix VI: Units of Measure.
Appendix VII: Answers to Self-Quizzes and Genetics Problems.
Glossary.
Index.

New to this edition

  • The new edition of BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS was developed in partnership with the National Geographic Society, an organization known for eye-opening photography and a legacy of inspiring people to care about biology and the environment that supports it. The result is a text that combines clear explanations with unparalleled visuals to bring core concepts into focus.
  • New People Matter sections in most chapters profile National Geographic Explorers and Grantees who are making significant contributions in their field, showing students how concepts in the chapter are being applied in their biological research.
  • Each chapter concludes with an ‘Application’ section highlighting real-world uses of biology and helping students make connections and deepen understanding of concepts.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 128597994X | ISBN-13: 9781285979946)
Student Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1285837452 | ISBN-13: 9781285837451)

Organized to match sections of the text, this easy-to-use workbook invites and requires students' active participation, thereby deepening their understanding. Each chapter includes interactive exercises, self-quizzes, chapter objectives/review questions, and questions that ask students to integrate and apply key concepts.

Telecourse, Student Guid  (ISBN-10: 128584064X | ISBN-13: 9781285840642)

A new telecourse titled "Biology: Concepts and Applications" provides online and print companion study guide options that include study aids, interactive exercises, video, and more.

MindTap Biology, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Starr's Biology: Concepts and Applications  (ISBN-10: 1305072642 | ISBN-13: 9781305072640)

MindTap is a fully online, highly personalized learning experience built upon Cengage Learning content. MindTap combines student learning tools – readings, multimedia, activities and assessments – into a singular Learning Path that guides students through their course. Instructors personalize the experience by customizing authoritative Cengage Learning content and learning tools, including the ability to add their own content in the Learning Path via apps that integrate into the MindTap framework seamlessly with Learning Management Systems.

MindTap Biology, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access for Starr/Evers/Starr's Biology: Concepts and Applications  (ISBN-10: 1285777301 | ISBN-13: 9781285777306)

MindTap is a fully online, highly personalized learning experience built upon Cengage Learning content. MindTap combines student learning tools – readings, multimedia, activities and assessments – into a singular Learning Path that guides students through their course. Instructors personalize the experience by customizing authoritative Cengage Learning content and learning tools, including the ability to add their own content in the Learning Path via apps that integrate into the MindTap framework seamlessly with Learning Management Systems.

Cooperative Learning: Making Connections in General Biology  (ISBN-10: 1305257030 | ISBN-13: 9781305257030)

Generate active learning with COOPERATIVE LEARNING: MAKING CONNECTIONS IN GENERAL BIOLOGY. This collection of ready-to-use short cooperative activities has broad applicability for first year biology courses. They fit perfectly with any style of instruction whether in large lecture halls or flipped classrooms. The activities address a range of learning objectives such as reinforcing basic concepts, making connections between various chapters and topics, data analysis and graphing, developing problem solving skills, and mastering terminology. Each activity is designed to stand alone and most require only 5-10 minutes to complete.

Student Supplements

Student Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1285837452 | ISBN-13: 9781285837451)

Organized to match sections of the text, this easy-to-use student workbook invites and requires your active participation, which is why it works to increase your understanding. Each chapter includes interactive exercises, self-quizzes, chapter objectives/review questions, and questions that ask you to integrate and apply key concepts.

Telecourse, Student Guid  (ISBN-10: 128584064X | ISBN-13: 9781285840642)

A new telecourse titled "Biology: Concepts and Applications" provides online and print companion study guide options that include study aids, interactive exercises, video, and more.

MindTap Biology, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Starr's Biology: Concepts and Applications  (ISBN-10: 1305072642 | ISBN-13: 9781305072640)

MindTap Biology for Starr/Evers/Starr's Biology: Concepts and Applications,9th Edition provides you with the tools you need to better manage your limited time -- you can complete assignments whenever and wherever you are ready to learn with course material specially customized for you by your instructor and streamlined in one proven, easy-to-use interface. With an array of tools and apps -- from note taking to flashcards -- you'll get a true understanding of course concepts, helping you to achieve better grades and setting the groundwork for your future courses. Access to this product is valid for 6 months of usage.

MindTap Biology, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access for Starr/Evers/Starr's Biology: Concepts and Applications  (ISBN-10: 1285777301 | ISBN-13: 9781285777306)

MindTap Biology for Starr/Evers/Starr's Biology: Concepts and Applications,9th Edition provides you with the tools you need to better manage your limited time -- you can complete assignments whenever and wherever you are ready to learn with course material specially customized for you by your instructor and streamlined in one proven, easy-to-use interface. With an array of tools and apps -- from note taking to flashcards -- you'll get a true understanding of course concepts, helping you to achieve better grades and setting the groundwork for your future courses. Access to this product is valid for 12 months of usage.

General MindLink for MindTap Biology, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305109112 | ISBN-13: 9781305109117)

This access code will provide you with seamless access to your MindTap Biology resources from within your campus Learning Management System. You will be prompted to enter this access code the first time that you click on a link in your course that includes Cengage content.

LMS Integrated for MindTap Biology, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285866746 | ISBN-13: 9781285866741)

This access code will provide you with seamless access to your MindTap Biology resources from within your campus Learning Management System. You will be prompted to enter this access code the first time that you click on a link in your course that includes Cengage content.

Cooperative Learning: Making Connections in General Biology  (ISBN-10: 1305257030 | ISBN-13: 9781305257030)

COOPERATIVE LEARNING: MAKING CONNECTIONS IN GENERAL BIOLOGY is a collection ready-to-use short cooperative activities that have broad applicability for first year biology courses. The activities address a range of learning objectives such as reinforcing basic concepts, making connections between various chapters and topics, data analysis and graphing, developing problem solving skills, and mastering terminology. Each activity is designed to stand alone and most require only 5-10 minutes to complete.