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Biology
Cell Biology 1.

    c.Students know how prokaryotic cells, eukaryotic cells (including those from plants and animals), and viruses differ in complexity and general structure
    j. Students know how eukaryotic cells are given shape and internal organization by a cytoskeleton or cell wall or both.

Ecology 6.
  1. Students know biodiversity is the sum total of different kinds of organisms and is affected by alterations of habitats.
  2. Students know how to analyze changes in an ecosystem resulting from changes in climate, human activity, introduction of nonnative species, or changes in population size.
  3. Students know how fluctuations in population size in an ecosystem are determined by the relative rates of birth, immigration, emigration, and death.
  4. Students know how water, carbon, and nitrogen cycle between abiotic resources and organic matter in the ecosystem and how oxygen cycles through photosynthesis and respiration.
  5. Students know a vital part of an ecosystem is the stability of its producers and decomposers.
Evolution 8.
  1. Students know how natural selection determines the differential survival of groups of organisms.
  2. Students know a great diversity of species increases the chance that at least some organisms survive major changes in the environment.

Physiology 9.
  1. Students know how the complementary activity of major body systems provides cells with oxygen and nutrients and removes toxic waste products such as carbon dioxide.
Investigation and Experimentation 1.

a.   Select and use appropriate tools and technology (such as computer-linked probes, spreadsheets, and graphing calculators) to perform tests, collect data, analyze relationships, and display data.
b.   Identify and communicate sources of unavoidable experimental error.
c.   Identify possible reasons for inconsistent results, such as sources of error or uncontrolled conditions.
d.   Formulate explanations by using logic and evidence.
f.    Distinguish between hypothesis and theory as scientific terms.
g.   Recognize the usefulness and limitations of models and theories as scientific representations of reality.
h.   Read and interpret topographic and geologic maps.
i.    Analyze the locations, sequences, or time intervals that are characteristic of natural phenomena (e.g., relative ages of rocks, locations of planets over time, and succession of species in an ecosystem).
j.    Recognize the issues of statistical variability and the need for controlled tests.
k.   Recognize the cumulative nature of scientific evidence.
l.    Analyze situations and solve problems that require combining and applying concepts from more than one area of science.
m. Investigate a science-based societal issue by researching the literature, analyzing data, and communicating the findings. Examples of issues include irradiation of food, cloning of animals by somatic cell nuclear transfer, choice of energy sources, and land and water use decisions in California.
n.   Know that when an observation does not agree with an accepted scientific theory, the observation is sometimes mistaken or fraudulent (e. g., the Piltdown Man fossil or unidentified flying objects) and that the theory is sometimes wrong (e.g., the Ptolemaic model of the movement of the Sun, Moon, and planets).





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