Explorations in Basic Biology eBook, 12th Edition

Stanley E. Gunstream

Explorations in Basic Biology eBook, 12th Edition

By Stanley E. Gunstream
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Explorations in Basic Biology is a self-contained laboratory manual designed for one- or two-semester introductory biology courses for non-biology and mixed biology majors. The exercises are appropriate for three-hour laboratory sessions, but are also adaptable to a two-hour laboratory format.


Ideal for students with little hands-on science laboratory experience, this student-friendly text provides clear background information and directions for conducting laboratory activities. Students not only learn basic biological information but also gain experience practicing laboratory techniques.


The 12th Edition has been updated with new content, including several new or modified figures and procedures that have been clarified where necessary to facilitate student learning, a new Appendix, and guidelines for writing a scientific paper. Several exercises also feature significant improvements.

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  • Each assignment is self-directing and allows students to work independently with minimal guidance from the instructor.
  • Each of the 41 exercises is self-contained so that the instructor may arrange the sequence of exercises, or the assignments within an exercise, to suit his or her preferences. Portions of an exercise may also be easily deleted without negatively affecting the continuity of the exercise.
  • Over 250 figures enhance student learning and understanding through visualisation.
  • Experiments emphasise the scientific method and enable students to put the scientific method into action while conducting experiments.
  • Convenient tear-out laboratory reports guide and reinforce students’ understanding of the concepts and provide instructors with a time-saving means for grading students’ recorded data and conclusions.
  • Pre-lab assignments require students to demonstrate their understanding of background information by labeling illustrations and completing a portion of the laboratory report before delving into an actual laboratory technique.
Table of contents
  • Part I: Fundamentals
  • Exercise 1: Orientation
  • Exercise 2: The Microscope
  • Part II: Cell Biology
  • Exercise 3: The Cell
  • Exercise 4: Chemical Aspects
  • Exercise 5: Diffusion and Osmosis
  • Exercise 6: Enzymes
  • Exercise 7: Photosynthesis
  • Exercise 8: Cellular Respiration and Fermentation
  • Exercise 9: Cell Division
  • Part III: Diversity of Organisms
  • Exercise 10: Prokaryotes and Protists
  • Exercise 11: Green, Brown and Red Algae
  • Exercise 12: Fungi
  • Exercise 13: Terrestrial Plants
  • Exercise 14: Simple Animals
  • Exercise 15: Mollusks, Segmented Worms and Arthropods
  • Exercise 16: Echinoderms and Chordates
  • Part IV: Animal Biology
  • Exercise 17: Dissection of the Frog
  • Exercise 18: Dissection of the Fetal Pig
  • Exercise 19: Blood and Circulation
  • Exercise 20: Gas Exchange
  • Exercise 21: Digestion
  • Exercise 22: Excretion
  • Exercise 23: Neural Control
  • Exercise 24: Sensory Perception in Humans
  • Exercise 25: Chemical Control in Animals
  • Exercise 26: The Skeletal System
  • Exercise 27: Muscles and Movement
  • Exercise 28: Reproduction in Vertebrates
  • Exercise 29: Fertilization and Development
  • Exercise 30: Early Embryology of the Chick
  • Exercise 31: Structure of Flowering Plants
  • Exercise 32: Transport in Plants
  • Exercise 33: Chemical Control in Plants
  • Exercise 34: Heredity
  • Exercise 35: Molecular and Chromosomal Genetics
  • Exercise 36: DNA Fingerprinting
  • Exercise 37: Evolution
  • Exercise 38: Evolutionary Mechanisms
  • Exercise 39: Ecological Relationships
  • Exercise 40: Population Growth
  • Exercise 41: Animal Behavior
  • Appendix A. Common Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root Words
  • Appendix B. Common Metric Units and Temperature Conversions
  • Appendix C. Oil-Immersion Technique