Biology Focus Questions
(BFQ): Chpt 1:
Read the chapter sections and then answer the Q's in your notebook/journal
are the three features that make science different than other human
do senses have to do with observations?
the difference between the two types of data.
an example of an observation and an inference for it…not the one in your
is a hypothesis?
is meant by a hypothesis must be testable? Give some examples.
two ways that science is always changing.
How is this helpful?
has science effected the world we live in?
at figure 1-7 and answer the question presented there: why do you think
reasonable individuals once accepted the ideas behind this recipe?
is spontaneous generation and how does it relate to Francesco Redi?
a controlled experiment, how many
variables should be changed or tested?
What is this variable called?
a controlled experiment, what should happen to the other variables?
What are they called?
this class the term dependent variable is used to explain what is being
measured in an experiment. What
name does the book give this type of variable?
was the dependent variable in Redi’s experiment?
was the independent variable in Redi’s experiment?
term is used for recorded observations?
did Redi conclude?
is communication of results and repetition of the experiment important in
figure 1-11 as a guide, explain why microorganisms grew after Pasteur broke
the neck of the flask.
is spontaneous generation considered a theory?
why no theory is considered absolute truth.
do we study living things in Biology?
does Bio- mean and –ology mean?
cloud moves through the sky because it is responding to the wind.
One characteristic of living things is responding to their
environment. Explain why the
cloud is not considered a living thing.
two characteristics that living things share and give an example with
explanation of each.
the section: Big Ideas in Biology and answer these questions:
am a rock, I am an island…” Explain
why a living organism cannot exist completely alone in the world.
Pick one organism and explain how it is dependent on the environment
are very different than a flower (even though both make people smile!).
What are two things you have in common with a flower.
is homeostasis essential to an organism’s survival?
1. What are the major categories of the metric system and the major units
What are the different types of microscopes mentioned. Why do
scientists need different types of microscopes (what are their uses)?
3. Why is following safe laboratory practices required?
Reading Homework Requirements:
1. Record your notes in your journal. Label the top of the page with the date
and the section heading numbers.
2. Pick a "note" style that works for you: Cornell note taking style OR
outline OR mapping to record your notes.
3. Check out the homework assignment for the pages, vocabulary and key
concepts to address in your notes.
4. For each key concept explain why the concept is important in terms of
maintaining life; (note not all listed categories apply to each key concept)
a. obtaining energy
d. eliminating waste