What Is Life

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1. Find a media piece—article, video, presentation, song, or other—related to the scientific method, creating hypotheses, or designing experiments. Include the link or reference citation for the piece and describe how it helped you better understand how the scientific method is used to create hypotheses and experiments. The Scientific Method Video,” is a unique way to present the scientific method by using rap to emphasize the important points. This includes that the scientific method begins with a question based on an observation, and then a hypothesis and prediction are made, experiments are conducted (which need to be reliable, include a variable and a control), and lastly findings are reported. It has been a long time since I have gone over the basics of the scientific method. This video helped me review what I find so fundamental and second nature.

Also, I think it is helpful to note that as the textbook states, “These steps guide scientific investigation, but working scientist typically do not follow them rigidly.” This video is an interesting tool to review the scientific method and how it is viewed by the student rappers. (Brooks & Friebel, 2008) The Scientific Method Video,” is a unique way to present the scientific method by using rap to emphasize the important points. This includes that the scientific method begins with a question based on an observation, and then a hypothesis and prediction are made, experiments are conducted (which need to be reliable, include a variable and a control), and lastly findings are reported.

It has been a long time since I have gone over the basics of the scientific method. This video helped me review what I find so fundamental and second nature. Also, I think it is helpful to note that as the textbook states, “These steps guide scientific investigation, but working scientist typically do not follow them rigidly.” This video is an interesting tool to review the scientific method and how it is viewed by the student rappers. (Brooks & Friebel, 2008)

2. Find a media piece—article, video, presentation, song, or other—that recognizes the fundamental concepts of chemistry in biology. Include the link or reference citation for the piece and describe how it helped you better understand how fundamental concepts of chemistry affect biology.

Biology is inextricably linked to chemistry. All biological processes are comprised of chemical reactions. I think having an understanding of basic chemistry is pre-requisite to being able to fully understand and appreciate how the body functions. Prteur’s video clip explains the basics of chemistry and their importance in biology. Prteur is a high school biology tutor, and does a good job of explaining the basics and their importance to field. This clip also reviews some basic chemistry such as the structure of atoms, how they interact, collision theory, activation energy, and even catalysts. (Prteur, 2010) Though Prteur covers the basic concepts of chemistry he explains their importance that they all relate to biological processes. Biology is inextricably linked to chemistry. All biological processes are comprised of chemical reactions.

I think having an understanding of basic chemistry is pre-requisite to being able to fully understand and appreciate how the body functions. Prteur’s video clip explains the basics of chemistry and their importance in biology. Prteur is a high school biology tutor, and does a good job of explaining the basics and their importance to field. This clip also reviews some basic chemistry such as the structure of atoms, how they interact, collision theory, activation energy, and even catalysts. (Prteur, 2010) Though Prteur covers the basic concepts of chemistry he explains their importance that they all relate to biological processes.

3. Find a media piece—article, video, presentation, song, or other—that describes the energy metabolism of cells. Include the link or reference citation for the piece and describe how it helped you better understand the energy metabolism of cells.

Campbell et al., (2010) defines metabolism as “the total of all chemical reactions in an organism.” The Cell Metabolism video clip is a great short video that concisely explains one process of cell metabolism, which is how ATP is created during exercise. It explains how food is broken down to create ATP. The glucose from food is converted into pyruvic acid through glycolysis. The short video also explains the difference and necessity for aerobic and anaerobic respiration. The video mentions the citric acid cycle and the electron transport chain in regards to aerobic respiration, but does not cover the detailed pathways in the reactions. (Kozlicki & Wagar, 2009) Campbell et al., (2010) defines metabolism as “the total of all chemical reactions in an organism.”

The Cell Metabolism video clip is a great short video that concisely explains one process of cell metabolism, which is how ATP is created during exercise. It explains how food is broken down to create ATP. The glucose from food is converted into pyruvic acid through glycolysis. The short video also explains the difference and necessity for aerobic and anaerobic respiration. The video mentions the citric acid cycle and the electron transport chain in regards to aerobic respiration, but does not cover the detailed pathways in the reactions. (Kozlicki & Wagar, 2009)

4. Find a media piece—article, video, presentation, song, or other—that compares structures and functions of different cell types. Include the link or reference citation for the piece and describe how it helped you better compare structures and functions of different cell types. The imagery from Texas Education Agency (2012) was very helpful aiding my understanding of how the different structures function within the cell. In the past, I have only used book diagrams to portray interaction of basic cellular structures that the cell is comprised of. This video focuses on cell structure and function, and was a great overview and introduction to the importance of different cell types and their various structures. Specifically, I liked that it discusses cell classification including prokaryotic (bacteria and some algae) and eukaryotic cells (plants and animals). The video goes into the specific details on how the two differ with great visualization.

Though this video does not have sources listed, the information covered can all be found in the class textbook (Campbell et al., 2010). The imagery from Texas Education Agency (2012) was very helpful aiding my understanding of how the different structures function within the cell. In the past, I have only used book diagrams to portray interaction of basic cellular structures that the cell is comprised of. This video focuses on cell structure and function, and was a great overview and introduction to the importance of different cell types and their various structures. Specifically, I liked that it discusses cell classification including prokaryotic (bacteria and some algae) and eukaryotic cells (plants and animals). The video goes into the specific details on how the two differ with great visualization. Though this video does not have sources listed, the information covered can all be found in the class textbook (Campbell et al., 2010).

5. Discuss what life means to you after completing questions 1–4. After completing the above questions, I believe that life is the essence of everything that exists. Living organisms originally have formed from basic elements (water, methane, ammonia, and hydrogen) billions of years ago. They have evolved overtime using different process and chemical reactions. Living organisms are composed of cells which are composed of structures that are composed of various atoms, and these cells form tissues, organs, systems, and organisms. By utilizing the environment a cell can perform basic metabolism, and at the same time self-regulate with the process of homeostasis. It is important to see life from the micro scale of its basic components to the macro scale that exists in different habitats and ecosystems.

Overall our planet is one giant habitat that includes an infinite number of life process and interactions that continue to develop, grow, reproduce, and evolve with time. Life is something that should never be taken for granted, and should be appreciated as well as respected. After completing the above questions, I believe that life is the essence of everything that exists. Living organisms originally have formed from basic elements (water, methane, ammonia, and hydrogen) billions of years ago. They have evolved overtime using different process and chemical reactions. Living organisms are composed of cells which are composed of structures that are composed of various atoms, and these cells form tissues, organs, systems, and organisms.

By utilizing the environment a cell can perform basic metabolism, and at the same time self-regulate with the process of homeostasis. It is important to see life from the micro scale of its basic components to the macro scale that exists in different habitats and ecosystems. Overall our planet is one giant habitat that includes an infinite number of life process and interactions that continue to develop, grow, reproduce, and evolve with time. Life is something that should never be taken for granted, and should be appreciated as well as respected.

 

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