Biology: An Interactive Tour
Biology: An Interactive Tour

Biology: An Interactive Tour

Lead Author(s): Robert Pozos

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Biology: An Interactive Tour is for a non-majors audience in technology-enhanced learning and makes the complex world of biological science approachable and relatable.

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Key features in this textbook

Biology: An Interactive Tour introduces the content in a much more approachable way than traditional texts.

Includes homework sets with 30+ questions per chapter.

Embedded videos that apply biology concepts to the real world!

Comparison of Introduction to Biology Textbooks

Consider adding Biology: An Interactive Tour to your upcoming course. We’ve put together a textbook comparison to make it easy for you in your upcoming evaluation.

Top Hat

Bob, Pozos, “Biology: An Interactive Tour”, Only One Edition needed

Macmillan

Shuster, Michele & Janet Vigna & Matthew Tontonoz, Biology for a Changing World

Hard Copy

Taylor, Martha R., et al., Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections

Pearson

Colleen Belk, & Virginia Borden Maier, Biology: Science for Life, 6th Edition

Pricing

Average price of textbook across most common format

Up to 40-60% more affordable

Lifetime access on any device

$63

E-book

$126

Hardcover print text only

$117

E-book

$166.95

Hardcover print text only

$95.95

E-book

$173.85

Hardcover print text only

Always up-to-date content, constantly revised by community of professors

Constantly revised and updated by a community of professors with the latest content

In-Book Interactivity

Includes embedded multi-media files and integrated software to enhance visual presentation of concepts directly in textbook

Only available with supplementary resources at additional cost

Customizable

Ability to revise, adjust and adapt content to meet needs of course and instructor

Built-In Interactive Assessment Questions

Assessment questions with feedback embedded throughout textbook

All-in-one Platform

Access to additional questions, test banks, and slides available within one platform

Pricing

Average price of textbook across most common format

Top Hat

Bob, Pozos, “Biology: An Interactive Tour”, Only One Edition needed

Up to 40-60% more affordable

Lifetime access on any device

Macmillan

Shuster, Michele & Janet Vigna & Matthew Tontonoz, Biology for a Changing World

$63

E-book

$126

Hardcover print text only

Hard Copy

Taylor, Martha R., et al., Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections

$117

E-book

$166.95

Hardcover print text only

Pearson

Colleen Belk, & Virginia Borden Maier, Biology: Science for Life, 6th Edition

$95.95

E-book

$173.85

Hardcover print text only

Always up-to-date content, constantly revised by community of professors

Constantly revised and updated by a community of professors with the latest content

Top Hat

Bob, Pozos, “Biology: An Interactive Tour”, Only One Edition needed

Macmillan

Shuster, Michele & Janet Vigna & Matthew Tontonoz, Biology for a Changing World

Hard Copy

Taylor, Martha R., et al., Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections

Pearson

Colleen Belk, & Virginia Borden Maier, Biology: Science for Life, 6th Edition

In-book Interactivity

Includes embedded multi-media files and integrated software to enhance visual presentation of concepts directly in textbook

Top Hat

Bob, Pozos, “Biology: An Interactive Tour”, Only One Edition needed

Macmillan

Shuster, Michele & Janet Vigna & Matthew Tontonoz, Biology for a Changing World

Only available with supplementary resources at additional cost

Hard Copy

Taylor, Martha R., et al., Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections

Pearson

Colleen Belk, & Virginia Borden Maier, Biology: Science for Life, 6th Edition

Customizable

Ability to revise, adjust and adapt content to meet needs of course and instructor

Top Hat

Bob, Pozos, “Biology: An Interactive Tour”, Only One Edition needed

Pearson

Marieb & Hoehn – Human Anatomy and Physiology, 10th Edition

Wiley

Gerard Tortoria & Bryan Dickerson, Principles of Anatomy & Physiology, 14th Edition

McGraw-Hill

Kenneth Saladin, Anatomy and Physiology: The Unity of Form and Function, 7th Edition

All-in-one Platform

Access to additional questions, test banks, and slides available within one platform

Top Hat

Bob, Pozos, “Biology: An Interactive Tour”, Only One Edition needed

Pearson

Marieb & Hoehn – Human Anatomy and Physiology, 10th Edition

Wiley

Gerard Tortoria & Bryan Dickerson, Principles of Anatomy & Physiology, 14th Edition

McGraw-Hill

Kenneth Saladin, Anatomy and Physiology: The Unity of Form and Function, 7th Edition

About this textbook

Lead Author

Robert PozosUniversity of Minnesota-Duluth School of Medicine

Robert Pozos has extensive experience studying human response to environments resulting in hypothermia and hyperthermia. He established the hypothermia laboratory at University of Minnesota-Duluth School of Medicine and was a part of the chief civilian scientists at Naval Health Research Center in San Diego where he evaluated the thermal effectiveness of military garb for combat operations.

Contributing Authors

Christina AlevrasUniversity of Saint Joseph

Marion McClaryFairleigh Dickinson University

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Chapter 1: Welcome to Biology: An Interactive Tour!

Welcome to Biology: An Interactive Tour! This eBook was designed to present the fundamental concepts of modern biology using critical thinking tools and real-world applications. This eBook was designed specifically for non-biology majors to nurture their interests in the biological processes that affect them, their families, friends, and the environment in their everyday lives. Although students are always interested in the course, they ultimately want to pass the course as well. You may be asking yourself, "How do I pass this course?" Simple! Just read the following. 

Each book chapter has four major concepts combined to form a Concept Map. In addition, there are flow diagrams and feedback loops. Finally, there are summaries that revisit the concepts presented in the chapter.

Figure 1.1: Each chapter has concept maps, flow diagrams, and feedback loops.

1.1 Concept Maps

Ever feel lost when you are reading a textbook? Concept maps show you the major points that will be presented in the chapter. It is the backbone of the chapter and allows you to see how it is organized. 

Figure 1.2: A concept map that presents the major points of How We Study Biology

1.2 Flow Diagrams

Many students believe that biology is just a number of facts that they have to memorize. So how do you remember the facts? Flow diagrams present a number of facts so that you can see how they all fit together. Rather than just memorizing facts in isolation, this approach shows you how they work together. In the example in Figure 1.3, one concept is presented in a flow diagram way so you can see how a number of facts support that concept. 

Figure 1.3: The flow diagram is the list of boxes in which one concept leads to another.

Flow diagrams are presented with associated icons to emphasize the material presented. 

Figure 1.4: A Flow Diagram with Associated Icons

1.3 Feedback Loops

What determines the heart rate? How do you control the heart rate? These conceptual questions require that you put together the various components of a system so you can see all the "players". Feedback loops give you the educational bird's eye view of how a system works. Understanding feedback loops will allow you to see how the system is controlled and where there could be problems. 

The feedback loop originates from key concepts. It presents an aspect of a concept in which there are feedback control mechanisms. The feedback system has a setpoint, comparator, effectors output, and receptors, which will be presented in certain chapters. Science continues to grow, and feedback loops indicate what we know and do not know about a system. 

Figure 1.5: Feedback loops are a way to analyze a system.


Figure 1.6: An Example of a Feedback loop

1.4 Summaries: What Do I Need to Know?

When you are through with the chapter, "What should I know" is a classic question asked by students. There is a summary at the end of each chapter that pictorially reviews major points for each concept and shows their relationships. Use the summaries as you review for exams.

Figure 1.7: Summary of major Points for Each Concept

1.5 Assessments

Assessments: This is a fancy word for questions. Based on the information above, different kind of assessments will be presented in each chapter. They are a way to ensure that you understand what you read. Consider them to be a conversation between you and me. I would like to know what you know! 

1.5.1 Multiple Choice Questions

These are the classic questions that encourage you to evaluate if you understand various concepts.

Question 1.01

All hormone systems can be disrupted. Which of the following is an example of positive feedback?

A

Gigantism

B

Diabetes insipidus

C

Diabetes mellitus

D

Hypothyroidism

1.5.2 Click on Target 

This is one of my favorite methods of assessment. If you know and understand the image, you have mastered a major part of the course. 

Question 1.02

Identify which letter identifies the mitochondrial intermembrane space

1.5.3 Sequence

This is just another way to review the flow diagrams. It is a powerful tool to assess your ability to see if you see how the system works. 

Question 3

Sort the following steps in order.

A

FAD returns to the citric acid cycle.

B

NADH is oxidized at electron transport system.

C

NAD returns to the citric acid cycle.

D

FAD is reduced at the electron transport system.

E

NAD is reduced to NADH.

F

FAD is reduced to FADH2.

1.5.4 Word Questions, Fill-in-the-Blank Questions, and Vocabulary Questions

These can be single or multiple answers. They are designed to see if you read the information. 

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Every chapter of the book ends with vocabulary questions that are there for you to check that you are coming away from the chapter with the right concepts and key terms memorized. These questions give you the definition, and it is up to you to know the key term or to fill in the blank!

Question 1.05

The body of words used in a particular language and in discipline. Occasionally synonymous with the lexicon.

1.5.5 Matching Questions 

These are a great tool to see if you have mastered the vocabulary and the concepts.

Question 1.06

Match the process with its correct description.

Premise
Response
1

Replication

A

Occurs in the nucleus; a process that creates a message from the information coded in your genes

2

Transcription

B

Occurs in the cytoplasm; a process that creates a protein from the information coded in the messenger RNA

3

Translation

C

Occurs in the nucleus; a process that copies your DNA


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Pozos, Robert, et al. (2018). Biology: An Interactive Tour. 1st ed. Toronto, Ontario: Top Hat Monocle. Available from https://tophat.com/marketplace/science-&-math/biology/textbooks/biology-an-interactive-tour-robert-pozos/2629

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