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Biology Essentials For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Rene Fester Kratz , Donna Rae Siegfried
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Book Description

Just the core concepts you need to score high in your biology course

Biology Essentials For Dummies focuses on just the core concepts you need to succeed in an introductory biology course. From identifying the structures and functions of plants and animals to grasping the crucial discoveries in evolutionary, reproductive, and ecological biology, this easy-to-follow guide lets you skip the suffering and score high at exam time.

  • Get down to basics — master the fundamentals, from understanding what biologists study to how living things are classified

  • The chemistry of life — find out what you need to know about atoms, elements, molecules, compounds, acids, bases, and more

  • Conquer and divide — discover the ins and outs of asexual and sexual reproduction, including cell division and DNA replication

  • Jump into the gene pool — grasp how proteins make traits happen, and easily understand DNA transcription, RNA processing, translation, and gene regulation

Open the book and find:

  • An overview of cells and their substructures

  • Elementary chemistry

  • The key facts about reproduction and DNA

  • The 411 on energy and organisms

  • What you need to know about evolution

  • Coverage of ecosystems and populations

  • Ten great biology discoveries

Learn:

  • Core concepts taught in an introductory biology course

  • The structures and functions of plants and animals

  • The key discoveries in evolutionary, reproductive, and ecological biology



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About the Author

Rene Fester Kratz, PhD and Donna Rae Siegfried are the authors of Biology For Dummies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4648 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050PI9NK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,860 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and to the point. August 21, 2011
Format:Paperback
Excellent. This book zeroes in on the essential issues of biology and explains them clearly. It doesn't shy away from the real stuff either--you can expect to learn the structure of DNA and RNA along with what they do in living beings. Great for people interested in the topic, or for students.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Purchase November 17, 2012
By Alari84
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is easy to read, has great information and I would recommend it to anyone interested in a quick reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good buy for me March 15, 2013
By Debbie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a good book it your having a hard time with Biology, If you haven't took that class ina while this will help
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5.0 out of 5 stars I passed my class. February 17, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm an older student who just recently went back to school. The teacher was talking about stuff I had no idea about but pretended to look like I did. Fake it until you make it, and buy this book if you need help. Also ask the teacher for help because that's their job to make sure they teach it so you can understand it. If they don't help then you have this book and you will still pass your test and be awesome.
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More About the Author

I'm a science teacher, writer, wife, and mom (not necessarily in that order!) who lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. At Everett Community College in Everett, Washington (about 40 miles north of Seattle), I teach classes in general biology, cellular biology, microbiology, and global health. In addition to working with my college students, I sometimes work on science teaching with teachers in the local K-12 school systems.

I've basically always loved science -- one of my earliest memories is trying to out-compete a fellow student in elementary school to see who could collect more facts about the solar system! Although that contest was about astronomy, biology proved to be my lasting love. I majored in biology at Boston University, taking lots of classes in botany and microbiology. After that, I worked for a while in a lab devoted to science and science writing before heading to graduate school at the University of Washington, where I earned a Ph.D. in Botany. It was in graduate school that I discovered that I really love helping others learn about science.

Ever since grad school, I've been on a journey to learn how to help others understand science. That journey has led me to learning more about learning itself, as well as to write science books that are designed for non-scientists or students of science (which you can see here on my Amazon page).

In my spare time (hah hah), I'm a mad reader of books of all sorts, a scrapbooker, a good cook, a haphazard gardener, and a wanna be backyard farmer.

If you check out any of my books, I hope you enjoy them and find them useful! If you'd like to take a mini-biology class from me, you can sign up through Ed2Go at http://www.ed2go.com/courses/bio. Science helps us understand the world around us and I truly believe that everyone needs -- and can learn to appreciate -- a little science in their lives.

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