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Adv Bio Ch. 1

Chapter 1 Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Evolution The change in the genetic composition of a population over time.
Eukaryotic Cell A type of cell with a membrane-enclosed nucleus and membrane-enclosed organelles.
Prokaryotic Cell A type of cell lacking a membrane-enclosed nucleus and membrane-enclosed organelles.
Consumer An organism that feeds on producers, other consumers, or nonliving organic material.
Producer An organism that produces organic compounds from CO2 by harnessing light energy, or by oxidizing inorganic chemicals.
Natural Selection A process in which individuals that have certain inherited traits tend to survive and reproduce at higher rates than other individuals because of those traits.
Inquiry The search for information and explanation, often focusing on specific questions.
Deductive Reasoning A type of logic in which specific results are predicted from a general premise.
Inductive Reasoning A type of logic in which generalizations are based on a large number of specific observations.
Independent Variable A variable whose value is manipulated or changed during an experiment or other test to reveal possible effects on another variable.
Dependent Variable A variable whose value is measured during an experiment or other test to see whether it is influenced by changes in another variable.
Variable A factor that varies in an experiment or other test.
Theory An explanation that is broader in scope than a hypothesis, generates new hypotheses, and is supported by a large body of evidence.
Technology The application of scientific knowledge for a specific purpose, often involving industry or commerce but also including uses in basic research.
Created by: Mr.Devine