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Exploring Biology in the Laboratory: Core Concepts, 2e

Murray P. Pendarvis, John L. Crawley
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Available February 1, 2019

Exploring Biology in the Laboratory: Core Concepts is a comprehensive manual appropriate for introductory biology lab courses. This edition is designed for courses populated by nonmajors or for majors courses where abbreviated coverage is desired. Based on the two-semester version of Exploring Biology in the Laboratory, 3e, this Core Concepts edition features a streamlined set of clearly written activities with abbreviated coverage of the biodiversity of life. These exercises emphasize the unity of all living things and the evolutionary forces that have resulted in, and continue to act on, the diversity that we see around us today.

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  • Introductory material provides context for the material covered in the chapter and helps students apply what they learn.
  • Objectives clearly state what students are expected to know by the end of the chapter.
  • “Just Wondering”: set of five or six pre-lab questions per chapter to promote student engagement.
  • An extensive, full-color art and photography program includes many specimen and dissection images, labeled diagrams, and helpful life-cycle illustrations. In addition to providing the necessary images to help students work through the lab procedures, the manual also includes hundreds of images of representative organsms, providing ample visual support for the lab.
  • Exercises have been designed to be safe, interesting, and meaningful.
  • Procedures with accompanying illustrations and photographs guide the student activities in the lab. Ample room is provided for students to draw and record their answers.
  • Check Your Understanding questions are provided throughout the book to measure students' understanding of important concepts.
  • The Chapter Review contains:
    • “Mythbusting”: set of four to seven myths per chapter for students to debunk.
    • Thought-provoking questions, including multiple choice, matching, fill-in-the-blank, labeling, and short answer, to assess student comprehension of the material.
  •  “Did You Know?” sidebars offer fun tidbits and trivia to stir up interest in the topic at hand.
  • Hints & Tips aid students in understanding tricky content areas where attention to fine detail is necessary.
  • Warnings are posted where applicable to make students aware of potential risks when dissecting certain organisms or performing certain experiments.

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  • An online Instructor's Manual and prep guide, including supply order information, tips for the instructor, estimated lab completion times, and answers to all student questions.
  • Digital test bank to help you build quizzes that can be printed or exported to your learning management system.
  • All of the images from the lab manual are provided electronically. Images are presented at digital display resolution (150 dpi), intended for use in PowerPoint presentations.

About the Author

Murray P. Pendarvis

A resident of Walker, Louisiana, Pat is currently an assistant professor of biological sciences at Southeastern Louisiana University. He teaches general biology for majors and nonmajors, honors biology, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, the history of biology, evolutionary biology, and biophotography. In addition, he is an adjunct professor of biology at Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge, teaching general biology, environmental science, paleontology, evolution, medical genetics, and the history of medicine. Prior to teaching at the university level, he taught science at Doyle and Walker High Schools in Livingston Parish, Louisiana.

As a result of his dedication to quality science education, he has received a number of awards, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education and the National Association of Biology Teachers Outstanding Teacher Award. In addition to teaching, Pat is an author, writing biology texts for McGraw-Hill and Morton Publishing Company.

One of Pat's passions is the science and art of biophotography. He has published many photographs in several biology and ecology texts. Pat earned a B.S. degree in biology education, a M.S. degree in zoology from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a Ph.D. in science education from the University of Southern Mississippi.

John L. Crawley

John spent his early years growing up in Southern California, where he took every opportunity to explore nature and the outdoors. He currently resides in Provo, Utah where he enjoys the proximity to the mountains, desert, and local rivers and lakes.

He received his degree in zoology from Brigham Young University in 1988. While working as a researcher for the National Forest Service and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in the early 1990s, John was invited to work on his first project for Morton Publishing, A Photographic Atlas for the Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory. After completion of that title John started work on A Photographic Atlas for the Zoology Laboratory. To date John has completed eight titles with Morton Publishing.

John has spent much of his life observing nature and taking pictures. His photography has provided the opportunity for him to travel widely, allowing him to observe and learn about other cultures and lands. His photos have appeared in national ads, magazines, and numerous publications. He has worked for groups such as Delta Airlines, National Geographic, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and many others. His projects with Morton Publishing have been a great fit for his passion for photography and the biological sciences.

What's New in this Edition

New to this edition of Exploring Biology in the Laboratory: Core Concepts, 2e

  • New chapter on scientific notation and the metric system
  • New and revised artwork throughout the manual
  • Updated Check Your Understanding and Chapter Review questions
  • New tables for recording procedural data and experimental results

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Scientific Method

Chapter 2: Scientific Notation and Metric System

Chapter 3: Basic Chemistry

Chapter 4: Microscopy and Cell Structure and Function

Chapter 5: Enzymes and Cellular Transport

Chapter 6: Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration

Chapter 7: Cell Division and Meiosis

Chapter 8: Basic Genetics and DNA

Chapter 9: Biotechnology and Forensics

Chapter 10: Evolution and Taxonomy

Chapter 11: Bacteria

Chapter 12: Protists

Chapter 13: Basal Plants

Chapter: 14 Seed Plants

Chapter 15: Plant Tissues, Roots, Stems, and Leaves

Chapter 16: Flowers, Fruits, and Seeds

Chapter 17: Fungi

Chapter 18: Animal Histology and Basal Animals

Chapter 19: Lophotrochozoans

Chapter: 20 Ecdysozoans

Chapter 21: Deuterostomes

Chapter 22: Vertebrate Dissections

Chapter 23: Human Body Structure

Chapter 24: Human Body Systems

Chapter 25: Basic Ecology