Learn Biology the Easy Way

In Fascinating Biology, you will learn the basic principles of biology, including the components of life: cell membranes, taking in nutrients, creating chemical energy, growing and repairing, reproducing, maintaining a stable internal environment, and adapting to a changing external environment.

Join Dr. Margulies for a fascinating course as he helps you learn how all living systems are made from atoms and are based in the logic of chemistry.

Learn Biology the Easy Way

In Fascinating Biology, you will learn the basic principles of biology, including the components of life: cell membranes, taking in nutrients, creating chemical energy, growing and repairing, reproducing, maintaining a stable internal environment, and adapting to a changing external environment.

Join Dr. Margulies for a fascinating course as he helps you learn how all living systems are made from atoms and are based in the logic of chemistry.

Each lesson has access buttons to the lesson, script, and online test. Click the buttons above to start the lesson, access the script, or try a test. Course lessons are laid out in a simple, easy to use table format with buttons below each picture for access to the lessons, text scripts, and tests that correlate with each lesson.

Sample Biology Lesson

Take in Nutrients

The Ionic Bond

Chemistry is important because everything we are and do involves chemistry!

Chemical reactions are occurring all the time. So studying chemistry is really just studying everything. Chemistry  connects to and helps explain other sciences, such as biology and physics. An understanding of chemistry helps you make sense of the world around you. Dr. Margulies created this lesson to help explain the fundamentals of chemistry – in just a little over an hour.

If you’re a parent, this lesson will enable you to follow — and even guide — your child’s progress through chemistry. If you’re a student, the lesson will give you a heads up and a head start.

Chemistry in an Hour

Chemistry in an Hour

Fascinating Biology – Course Content

What is Life?

  • Creation of life
  • Recognizing something living

Chemistry Review

  • Chemical bonding
  • Intermolecular bonding
  • Polar and non-polar molecules
  • High-energy molecules
  • Long-chain molecules

The Cell Membrane

  • Chemical structure: phospholipids and glycerol
  • Lipid bilayer

Take in Nutrients

  • Brownian Movement
  • Diffusion
  • The Law of Entropy
  • Concentration gradients
  • Diffusing across cell membranes
  • Movement of water
  • Osmosis
  • Facilitated diffusion
  • Active transport
  • Equilibrium
  • Hypertonic and hypotonic solutions
  • Reverse osmosis
  • Osmotic pressure
  • Pinocytosis

Lesson 5: Take in Energy, Part 1

  • ATP (adenosine triphosphate)
  • Classification of organisms by energy intake
  • Photosynthesis
  • Electron transport chain
  • NADPH
  • Glucose synthesis: The Calvin Cycle

Take in Energy, Part 2

  • Glycolysis
  • The Krebs Cycle
  • Oxidative phosphorylation
  • Mitochondria

Take in Energy, Part 3

  • Energy storage
  • Glycogen
  • Fat
  • Starch

Lesson 8: Take in Energy, Part 4

  • Anerobic metabolism
  • Fermentation
  • Aerobic metabolism
  • Aerobic and anerobic muscles

Grow

  • Proteins
  • DNA
  • Nucleotides
  • RNA synthesis
  • Messenger RNA
  • Ribosomes
  • Transfer RNA
  • Exons and introns

Reproduce, Part 1

  • Chromosomes
  • Cell life cycle
  • Chromatids
  • P53 Protein
  • DNA replication
  • DNA primers
  • Leading and lagging strands
  • Okazaki fragments
  • Telomeres

Reproduce, Part 2

  • Human chromosomes
  • Mitosis
  • Meiosis
  • Synapsis
  • Genetic diversity
  • Asexual reproduction

Reproduce, Part 3

  • Alleles
  • Mutations
  • Dominant and recessive genes
  • Wild-type traits
  • X-linked mutations
  • Barr Body
  • Karyotypes
  • Genotypes and phenotypes
  • Homozygous and heterozygous
  • Pedigrees
  • Punnett squares
  • Hemophilia
  • Codominance
  • Blood types
  • Mitochondrial DNA

Homeostasis, Part 1

  • What to keep constant
  • Temperature
  • Hypothalamus
  • Hypothermia and hyperthermia
  • Antidiuretic hormone

Homeostasis, Part 2

  • Blood pressure
  • Glucose
  • Oxygen
  • Carbon dioxide
  • pH

Adapt, Part 1

  • Theory of Evolution
  • Dinosaurs and birds
  • Hearing
  • Pangea
  • Yanoconodon
  • Aquatic mammals
  • Vestigial structures
  • Dating fossils with carbon dating

Adapt, Part 2

  • The Changing Environment
  • Theory of Natural Selection
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Improving in an Unchanging Environment
  • Countercurrent Circulation
  • Genetic Diversity
  • Genetic Diversity in Prokaryotes
  • Genetic Drift
  • Speciation
  • Symbiosis
  • Predators, Prey, Scavengers

Prokaryotes, Protists, Animals and Fungi

  • Domains
  • Prokaryotes
  • Bacteria and Archae Bacteria
  • Cyanobacteria
  • Eukaryote energy production
  • Protists
  • Animal Phyla
  • Porifera
  • Cnidaria
  • Platyhelminths and Annelids
  • Nematodes and annelids
  • Protosomes and Deuterostomes
  • Molluscs
  • Arthropods
  • Echinoderms and chordates
  • Fungi
  • Lichens, rusts, and mycorrhiza

Plants

  • Algae
  • Charales
  • Bryophytes
  • Spores
  • Gametophytes
  • True plants
  • Tracheophytes
  • Spores
  • Vascular structures
  • Gymnosperms
  • Wood
  • Water transport
  • Roots
  • Angiosperms
  • Endoderm
  • Fruit

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