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.

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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