An open source collection of self-education biology links (consisting of lessons, tutorials, experiments, labs, activities, and other resources) for OLPC children across the globe. The biology topics covered include life, the cell, genetics, evolution, biological diversity, plants, animals, ecology, and astrobiology.

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This folder contains resources that provide an introduction to Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child. This introduction is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course.
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Unit 1: Exploring Life

by Alison Loomis

This unit covers exploring life. Chapters include: Chapter 1: The Chemistry of Life Chapter 2: The Chemical Context of Life Chapter 3: Water and the Fitness of the Environment Chapter 4: Carbon and the Molecular Diversity of Life Chapter 5: The Structure and Function of Macromolecules This unit is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course.
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Unit 2: The Cell

by Alison Loomis

This unit covers the cell. Chapters include: Chapter 6: A Tour of the Cell Chapter 7: Membrane Structure and Function Chapter 8: An Introduction to Metabolism Chapter 9: Cellular Respiration Harvesting Chemical Energy Chapter 10: Photosynthesis Chapter 11: Cell Communication Chapter 12: The Cell Cycle You will also find external links to: Cell Biology Tutorial I Cell Biology Tutorial II Cell Structure Virtual Lab Cell Puzzles This unit is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course.
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This unit covers genetics. Chapters include: Chapter 13: Meiosis and Sexual Life Cycles Chapter 14: Mendel and the Gene Idea Chapter 15: The Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance Chapter 16: The Molecular Basis of Inheritance Chapter 17: From Gene to Protein Chapter 18: The Genetics of Viruses and Bacteria Chapter 19: Eukaryotic Genomes Organization, Regulation, and Evolution Chapter 20: DNA Technology and Genomics Chapter 21: The Genetic Basis of Development You will also find external links to: Dragon Genetics Virtual Lab "The Gene Scene" Activities Genetics and Evolution Tutorial and Problem Set This unit is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course.
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This unit covers the mechanisms of evolution. Chapters include: Chapter 22: Descent with Modification Chapter 23: The Evolution of Populations Chapter 24: The Origin of Species Chapter 25: Phylogeny and Systematics You will also find external links to: Teachings about Evolution and the Nature of Science Evolution 101 This unit is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course.
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This unit covers the evolutionary history of biological diversity. Chapters include: Chapter 26: The Tree of Life: An Introduction to Biological Diversity Chapter 27: Prokaryotes Chapter 28: Protists Chapter 29: Plant Diversity I Chapter 30: Plant Diversity II The Evolution of Seed Plants Chapter 31: Fungi Chapter 32: An Introduction to Animal Diversity Chapter 33: Invertebrates Chapter 34: Vertebrates Chapter 35: Paleobiology: Fossils and Time Chapter 36: Relevance of Evolution This unit is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course.
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This unit covers plant form and function. Chapters include: Chapter 37: Plant Structure, Growth, and Development Chapter 38: Transport in Vascular Plants Chapter 39: Plant Nutrition Chapter 40: Angiosperm Reproduction and Biotechnology Chapter 41: Plant Responses to Internal and External Signals This unit is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course.
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This unit covers animal form and function. Chapters include: Chapter 42: Basic Principles of Animal Form and Function Chapter 43: Animal Nutrition Chapter 44: Circulation and Gas Exchange Chapter 45: The Immune System Chapter 46: Osmoregulation and Excretion Chapter 47: Hormones and the Endocrine System Chapter 48: Animal Reproduction Chapter 49: Animal Development Chapter 50: Nervous Systems Chapter 51: Sensory and Motor Mechanisms This unit is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course.
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Unit 8: Ecology

by Alison Loomis

This unit covers ecology. Chapters include: Chapter 52: An Introduction to Ecology and the Biosphere Chapter 53: Behavioral Ecology Chapter 54: Population Ecology Chapter 55: Community Ecology Chapter 56: Ecosystems Chapter 57: Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology This unit is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course.
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Unit 9: Astrobiology

by Alison Loomis

This unit covers an introduction to astrobiology (the study of life and water on other planets). This unit is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course.
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The objectives of this problem set are to test your understanding of how light energy is converted into different forms of chemical energy during photosynthesis, to review the equations for the light reactions of photosynthesis, to study the pathway for electron transport during cyclic and non-cyclic photophosphorylation, and to explore the mechanism for coupling electron transport to ATP synthesis. Instructions: The following problems have multiple choice answers. Correct answers are reinforced with a brief explanation. Incorrect answers are linked to tutorials to help solve the problem. 1. Chloroplast compartments 2. Energy source for ATP formation 3. Overall redox reaction 4. Result of electron transport 5. Overall energy source 6. Events during light reaction 7. Cyclic photophosphorylation 8. Equation for light reaction 9. Fate of excited pigment molecules 10. Overall result of photosynthesis 11. Photosystem II features This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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In this problem set, you will learn how metabolic acidosis or alkalosis can arise and how these conditions shift the bicarbonate equilibrium. The body's compensatory mechanisms and treatment options are also discussed. This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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Virtual Frog Dissection

by Alison Loomis

Frogs and humans are vertabrates with very similar organ structure. Dissecting a frog helps you to learn human anatomy. This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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