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  • Paperback + Digital Product License Key Folder
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $97.00
  • August 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93673-5
  • 688 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.
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    Sixth Core Edition

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    Anu Singh-Cundy (Author, Western Washington University), Gary Shin (Author, California State University - Long Beach)


    Developing scientific literacy through active learning—before, during, and after class.

    Discover Biology is praised by adopters for its clear, accessible explanations that develop students’ understanding of core concepts. The Sixth Edition maintains this strength but is more focused, 10% shorter, and offers a consistent chapter structure that gives students the conceptual foundation they need to fully understand and appreciate why biology matters in their own lives. This edition offers an accessible, flexible, and complete suite of teaching resources to support students and instructors at every stage of the learning process.


    Supports learning outside of the classroom

    New Extreme Biology features throughout every chapter highlight examples of the amazing diversity of the living world. A consistently applied system of banners, labels, and bubble captions guide students through information-rich, process-oriented figures. Engaging stories bookend each chapter; they draw students in and later illuminate connections between just-learned concepts and the real world. Distinctive pedagogical features—from in-text pronunciation guides and Helpful to Know boxes to Concept Checks at the end of every section—give students the help they need, when they need it. New Biology in the News features at the end of every chapter include a recent news article, author analysis, and questions that develop scientific literacy by teaching students to think critically about science in popular media.  

    Engages students in the classroom

    The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Biology: Discover Biology provides instructors with a rich suite of resources to use in the classroom, including group activities designed to be used in a variety of classroom sizes and setups, think-pair-share activities, video clip recommendations with discussion questions, clicker questions, sample syllabi, and sample lecture plans to ease a transition to a new book. Powerful lecture tools—including Extreme Biology slides, animations of key processes from each chapter, and narrative figures showing biological processes step-by-step—also enliven the classroom.  

    Rich resources for assessment

    The Sixth Edition features a wealth of assessment opportunities that give instructors and students the tools they need to meet course goals and outcomes, and offer support at every stage of the learning process:
    • SmartWork contains powerful, flexible review and homework assignments that include visual questions, animation questions, Biology in the News quizzes, Extreme Biology quizzes, and more.
    • Downloadable Coursepacks provide easy-to-use resources review and assessment in the online environment students are used to and scores report directly to the gradebook the instructor knows.
    • A rigorously developed Test Bank with questions tagged by book section, Bloom's Taxonomy type, learning objectives, and difficulty level makes it easy to create diagnostic quizzes and exams.

      Chapter 1: The Nature of Science and the Characteristics of Life

      Unit 1: Cells: The Basic Unit of Life
      Chapter 2: The Chemistry of Life
      Chapter 3: Cell Structure and Internal Compartments
      Chapter 4: Cell Membranes, Transport, and Communication
      Chapter 5: Energy, Metabolism, and Enzymes
      Chapter 6: Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
      Chapter 7: Cell Division
      Chapter 8: Cancer and Human Health

      Unit 2: Genetics
      Chapter 9: Patterns of Inheritance
      Chapter 10: Chromosomes and Human Genetics
      Chapter 11: DNA and Genes
      Chapter 12: From Gene to Protein
      Chapter 13: DNA Technology

      Unit 3: Evolution
      Chapter 14: Evolution: Change in Populations
      Chapter 15: The Origin of Species
      Chapter 16: The Evolutionary History of Life
      Chapter 17: Bacteria, Archaea, and Viruses
      Chapter 18: Protista, Plantae, and Fungi
      Chapter 19: Animalia

      Unit 4: Ecology
      Chapter 20: The Biosphere
      Chapter 21: Growth of Populations
      Chapter 22: Animal Behavior
      Chapter 23: Ecological Communities
      Chapter 24: Ecosystems
      Chapter 25: Global Change