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.

The 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, review, review scripts, and tests that correlate with each lesson. Click the buttons in the sample lesson about “The Structure of the Atom” to start.

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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