Exploring Anatomy & Physiology in the Laboratory: Core Concepts, 2e

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This brief version of Exploring Anatomy and Physiology in the Laboratory, 2e, is intended for one-semester anatomy and physiology courses geared toward allied health students. Exploring Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory: Core Concepts, by Erin C. Amerman is a comprehensive, beautifully illustrated, and affordably priced lab manual that features an innovative, interactive approach to engage your students and help ensure a deeper understanding of A&P.

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  • Be Prepared: Each unit begins with a set of learning goals to prepare students for what they are expected to know after completing the lab. Pre-Lab Exercises (PLEs) help students prepare for the lab through defining key terms and through labeling and coloring activities. PLEs in the Core Concepts version have been tailored for a one-semester course.
  • Be Organized: Model Inventories provide an organized way for students to catalog the specimens they see in the lab. Anatomy lists contain fewer structures than the original version of the lab manual and also include pronunciations of the key A&P terms.
  • Be Focused: Clear photographs and illustrations highlight the ideas and structures that students need to master.
  • Be Active: Activities in Core Concepts are similar in approach to the full version, but each activity has been modified to meet the learning outcomes of the one-semester course. Students learn best when they are actively involved in the laboratory. Core Concepts asks students to be active by describing, labeling, writing, coloring, and drawing.
  • Be Sure: The Core Concepts edition contains a single “Unit Quiz” at the end of each chapter consisting of labeling, fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, and sequencing questions that test students’ ability to retain the content they learned in the lab.

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  • The Instructor’s Manual contains answers to:
    • Pre-Lab Exercises
    • Review Questions
    • End of Unit Quizzes.
  • All of the images from the lab manual are provided electronically:
    • Images (both labeled and un-labeled) are presented at digital display resolution (150 dpi), intended for use in PowerPoint presentations
  • The computerized test bank (Wimba Diploma) is provided for instructors to create quizzes:
    • Create or edit questions
    • Create quizzes with a “drag-and-drop” feature
    • Print quizzes for paper-based assignments.
    • Publish quizzes to various distance learning platforms (ANGEL, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Moodle and generic formats such as RTF).
  • The computerized test bank contains preloaded questions and images from:
    • Pre-Lab Exercises
    • Review Questions
    • Supplemental questions are provided for testing purposes.
What's New in this Edition

Key Revisions to this Edition:

  • Expanded text narrative to make Exploring Anatomy & Physiology in the Laboratory: Core Concepts, 2e a self-contained textbook.
  • Over 240 new and improved figures including the addition of select photos of anatomical models.
  • Activities have been fine-tuned to be more time-efficient. Many drawing exercises have been added for better retention of concepts.
  • Improved case of use by reorganizing model inventories so they match the order in which the terms are presented in the text, and ensuring that terms labeled on figures are discussed in the text.
  • New quiz questions have been added or updated in each unit.
Table of contents
Unit 1: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Unit 1 Objectives
Pre-Lab Exercise 1-1: Key Terms
Pre-Lab Exercise 1-2: Body Cavities
Exercise 1-1: Anatomical Terms
Exercise 1-2: Body Cavities and Membranes
Exercise 1-3: Planes of Section
Exercise 1-4: Organs and Organ Systems
Unit 1 Quiz
Unit 2: The Chemical Level of Organization
Unit 2 Objectives
Pre-Lab Exercise 2-1: Key Terms
Pre-Lab Exercise 2-2: The pH Scale and –logarithms
Exercise 2-1: pH, Acids, and Bases
Exercise 2-2: Buffers
Exercise 2-3: Enzymes and Chemical Reactions
Unit 2 Quiz
Unit 3: Introduction to the Cell and the Microscope
Unit 3 Objectives
Pre-Lab Exercise 3-1: Key Terms
Pre-Lab Exercise 3-2: The Parts of the Cell
Exercise 3-1: Introduction to the Microscope
Exercise 3-2: Organelles and Cell Structures
Exercise 3-3: Diffusion
Exercise 3-4: Osmosis and Tonicity
Exercise 3-5: Mitosis and the Cell Cycle
Unit 3 Quiz
Unit 4: Histology: The Tissue Level of Organization
Unit 4 Objectives
Pre-Lab Exercise 4-1: Key Terms
Exercise 4-1: Epithelial Tissue (Includes pp. 75-76)
Exercise 4-2: Connective Tissue
Exercise 4-3: Muscle Tissue
Exercise 4-4: Nervous Tissue
Exercise 4-5: Organology
Unit 4 Quiz
Unit 5: Integumentary System
Unit 5 Objectives
Pre-Lab Exercise 5-1: Key Terms
Pre-Lab Exercise 5-2: Skin Anatomy
Exercise 5-1: Skin Anatomy and Accessory Structures
Exercise 5-2: Histology of Integument
Unit 5 Quiz
Unit 6: Skeletal System: Bone Tissue, Bones, and Joints
Unit 6 Objectives
Pre-Lab Exercise 6-1: Key Terms
Pre-Lab Exercise 6-2: Microscopic Anatomy of Compact Bone
Pre-Lab Exercise 6-3: Bones of the Skull
Pre-Lab Exercise 6-4: Whole Skeleton
Exercise 6-1: Histology of Osseous Tissue
Exercise 6-2: Bone Markings and Bone Shapes
Exercise 6-3: The Skull
Exercise 6-4: Remainder of the Skeleton
Exercise 6-5: Articulations
Exercise 6-6: Motions of Synovial and Cartilaginous Joints
Unit 6 Quiz
Unit 7: Muscular System: Muscle Tissue and Muscular System
Unit 7 Objectives
Pre-Lab Exercise 7-1: Key Terms
Pre-Lab Exercise 7-2: Muscle Fiber Microanatomy
Pre-Lab Exercise 7-3: Skeletal Muscle Anatomy: Muscles That Move the Face and Head
Pre-Lab Exercise 7-4: Skeletal Muscle Anatomy: Muscles of the Rest of the Body, Anterior Side
Pre-Lab Exercise 7-5: Skeletal Muscle Anatomy: Muscles of the Rest of the Body: Posterior Side
Exercise 7-1: Skeletal Muscle Anatomy and Muscle Tissue
Exercise 7-2: Skeletal Muscles
Exercise 7-3: Muscle Origins and Insertions
Unit 7 Quiz
Unit 8: Nervous System
Unit 8 Objectives
Pre-Lab Exercise 8-1: Key Terms
Pre-Lab Exercise 8-2: Neuron Structure
Pre-Lab Exercise 8-3: Brain Anatomy
Pre-Lab Exercise 8-4: Spinal Cord Anatomy
Pre-Lab Exercise 8-5: Cranial Nerve Functions
Pre-Lab Exercise 8-6: Spinal Nerve Plexuses and the Anterior Rami of the Spinal Nerves
Exercise 8-1: Nervous Tissue (includes p. 205)
Exercise 8-2: Anatomy of the Brain
Exercise 8-3: Spinal Cord
Exercise 8-4: Cranial Nerves
Exercise 8-5: Spinal Nerves and Reflexes
Unit 8 Quiz
Unit 9: General and Special Senses
Unit 9 Objectives
Pre-Lab Exercise 9-1: Key Terms
Pre-Lab Exercise 9-2: Anatomy of the Eye
Pre-Lab Exercise 9-3: Anatomy of the Ear
Exercise 9-1: Anatomy of the Eye and Vision
Exercise 9-2: Anatomy of the Ear, Hearing, and Equilibrium
Exercise 9-3: Olfactory and Taste Senses
Exercise 9-4: The General Senses: Cutaneous Sensation
Unit 9 Quiz
Unit 10: Endocrine System
Unit 10 Objectives
Pre-Lab Exercise 10-1: Key Terms
Pre-Lab Exercise 10-2: Endocrine System Anatomy
Pre-Lab Exercise 10-3: Hormones: Target Tissues and Effects
Exercise 10-1: Endocrine System Anatomy
Exercise 10-2: Time To Trace: Negative Feedback Loops
Exercise 10-3: Endocrine "Mystery Cases"
Unit 10 Quiz
Unit 11: Cardiovascular System
Unit 11 Objectives
Pre-Lab Exercise 11-1: Key Terms
Pre-Lab Exercise 11-2: Pathway of Blood Flow through the Heart
Pre-Lab Exercise 11-3: Anatomy of the Heart
Pre-Lab Exercise 11-4: Arterial Anatomy
Pre-Lab Exercise 11-5: Venous Anatomy
Exercise 11-1: Anatomy of the Heart
Exercise 11-2: Major Arteries of the Body
Exercise 11-3: Major Veins of the Body
Exercise 11-4: Time to Trace!
Exercise 11-5: Heart and Vascular Examination
Exercise 11-6: Blood Pressure
Exercise 11-7: The Electrocardiogram
Unit 11 Quiz
Unit 12: Blood and Lymphatics
Unit 12 Objectives
Pre-Lab Exercise 12-1: Key Terms
Pre-Lab Exercise 12-2: Formed Elements
Pre-Lab Exercise 12-3: Anatomy of the Lymphatic System
Exercise 12-1: Formed Elements (Cells) of Blood
Exercise 12-2: ABO and Rh Blood Groups
Exercise 12-3: Murder Mystery Game
Exercise 12-4: Blood Donation
Exercise 12-5: Typing and Examining Your Own Blood
Exercise 12-6: Lymphatic System
Unit 12 Quiz
Unit 13: Respiratory System
Unit 13 Objectives
Pre-Lab Exercise 13-1: Key Terms
Pre-Lab Exercise 13-2: Respiratory System Anatomy
Pre-Lab Exercise 13-3: Defining Pulmonary Volumes and Capacities
Exercise 13-1: Respiratory System Anatomy
Exercise 13-2: Respiratory Physiology: Pressure-Volume Relationships in the Lungs
Exercise 13-3: Measuring Pulmonary Volumes and Capacities
Unit 13 Quiz
Unit 14: Digestive System
Unit 14 Objectives
Pre-Lab Exercise 14-1: Key Terms
Pre-Lab Exercise 14-2: Anatomy of the Digestive System
Exercise 14-1: Digestive System Anatomy
Exercise 14-2: Digestion
Unit 14 Quiz
Unit 15: Urinary System
Unit 15 Objectives
Pre-Lab Exercise 15-1: Key Terms
Pre-Lab Exercise 15-2: Structures of the Urinary System
Pre-Lab Exercise 15-3: Structures of the Nephron
Pre-Lab Exercise 15-4: Glomerular Filtration and Tubular Reabsorption
Exercise 15-1: Urinary System Anatomy
Exercise 15-2: Renal Physiology: The Model Kidney
Exercise 15-3: Renal Physiology: Urinalysis
Exercise 15-4: Time to Trace!
Unit 15 Quiz
Unit 16: Reproductive Systems
Unit 16 Objectives
Pre-Lab Exercise 16-1: Key Terms
Pre-Lab Exercise 16-2: Male Reproductive Anatomy
Pre-Lab Exercise 16-3: Female Reproductive Anatomy
Pre-Lab Exercise 16-4: Fetal Cardiovascular Anatomy
Exercise 16-1: Male Reproductive Anatomy
Exercise 16-2: Female Reproductive Anatomy
Exercise 16-3: Meiosis
Exercise 16-4: Spermatogenesis and Oogenesis
Exercise 16-5: Fertilization and Implantation
Exercise 16-6: Embryogenesis, Fetal Development, and Fetal Cardiovascular Anatomy
Unit 16 Quiz
About the Author

Erin C. Amerman

Erin C. Amerman has been involved in anatomy and physiology education for more than 12 years as an author and professor, most recently at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. She received a B.S. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of West Florida and a doctorate in podiatric medicine from Des Moines University. Erin lives in Florida with her family and many pets where she enjoys hiking to find and photograph wildlife, especially the large, toothy reptiles that Florida has in abundance!

Instructor Resources

The Instructor’s Manual contains answers to the Pre-Lab Exercises, Review Questions, and End of Unit Quizzes. The test bank has been updated. Additional questions have been added, existing questions have been clarified, and redundant questions have been removed. All of the images from the lab manual are provided electronically. Images (both labeled and un-labeled) are presented at digital display resolution (150 dpi), intended for use in PowerPoint presentations.