How to use this book
This section of the book will introduce you to some of the features of this interactive textbook, so that you will be comfortable going forward. If you are reading this as part of a course, you may not be able to see any or all subsequent chapters yet. Don't worry, they will appear as your instructor makes them available.
Modules and Chapters
This book contains 42 chapters grouped into 7 modules. The chapters are intended to be read in order, from the first chapter of the first module, to the last chapter of the last module. Each chapter begins with a quick summary of its contents and contains a number of subsections that develop the key points for that chapter.
The text of each chapter is accompanied by several videos. In general you are strongly encouraged to watch these, however, some are flagged as "optional extras". As the name suggests, these videos are not essential watching for the core topics of the textbook, and they typically go into more detail and run longer than the core videos. This said, if the topic interests you, they will likely be helpful and enjoyable. Here's an example of what an optional extra would look like:
In addition to optional extra videos, some parts of the text also highlight books, papers, or sometimes films, that you may be interested in. If you are particularly interested in a topic you may enjoy reading them. Here's an example:
If you want to know more about the evolutionary study of culture try reading "Cultural Evolution" by Alex Mesoudi a researcher at the University of Exeter in the UK.
At the end of each chapter are a series of questions. If you are reading this book as part of a course, these may well be graded for participation and correctness and so will contribute to you overall grade. If you are reading this book for pleasure you can nonetheless use the questions to test your knowledge.
You will get two attempts at each question, so you may change your mind once. Your second attempt, however, is final.
There are several types of questions you will encounter. Here are some practice examples:
1) Multiple Choice: Simply click on the correct answer. If there is more than one correct answer, it will be specified in the question.
In what year was Charles Darwin born?
2) Word Answer: Just type in your answer into the textbox.
What was Darwin's first name?
3) Numeric Answer: As the name suggests, these questions require an answer that is a number.
In what year was the Origin of Species published??
4) Matching Question: Click on an item in the left hand column, and then click on its match in the right hand column to align them.
Match each scientific figure with their county of origin.
The United States
5) Sorting Question: Drag the options into the proper order.
Sort these events in chronological order.
The publication of the Origin of Species
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