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What is a hypothesis?
an explanation made on observations
List the variables used in an experiment and what they do
- Independent: the variable being tested. Values are set/systematically altered by the investigator
- Dependent: the variable which changes due to the independent, the variable being recorded
- Controlled: The fixed variables, ones which keep the experiment fair and equal
Define Qualitative variables
Qualitative variables are non numerical, eg. sex, colour, presence or absence of feature
Define Quantitative variables & what are the 2 types
- Numerical variable, eg. height of family, number of litter (babies)
- 1. Continuous: height
- 2. Discontinuous: litter
What is the difference between a treatment, sample and trial?
- Treatment: well defined conditions applied to sample units (eg. test tubes)
- Sample: a sub-set of a whole to estimate the values that might have been obtained if every individual or response was measured (made up of sample units)
- Trial: the repeat of an investigation at a different time
What is biodiversity?
The diversity of plants, animals, fungi, monera and protista
Why is biodiversity important?
- Biologists can then study living organisms to help find out how they became so diverse, how they function and how they interact with others
- This can manage the world's limited resources, help in medicine to cure diseases, control pests & for human benefit.
What is the first step in conserving the world's biodiversity?
To collect, catalogue and name the organisms (classification)
How can organisms be grouped?
Environment, Habitat, Food source, Human impact
What are three ways in which organisms can be grouped by human impact?
- 1. Poisonous
- 2. Beneficial
- 3. Dangerous
What is classification?
another way of describing the process of grouping
What can be classified due to classification?
organisms, ecosystems and communities
What are the three ways of classifying ecosystems or communities?
- 1. Climate
- 2. Dominant organisms
- 3. Habitat
What is a biome and give an example?
A biome is a broad category of ecosystems or communities according to their climate. Eg. Australia's temperate climate forests are evergreen forest biomes
What are the three main classification habitats?
- Terrestrial (land)
Give an example of a classification of dominant organisms
- The great barrier reef is an ecosystem with dominant organisms of coral.
- Saltbush community is dominated by saltbushes (as well as other plants but salt bush being the most dominant)
How are communities described by the CSIRO structure?
They are given names based on their overall structural appearance rather than dominant species
What are the main structural differences between a closed forest, open forest and woodland?
Dominance of trees, shrub height and density, and grasses
Give some examples of freshwater systems
What is taxonomy?
Taxonomy is the process in naming the groups of life
What are some useful way in classifying organisms?
- External appearance
- Internal anatomy
- Genetic information
What are the 5 Kingdoms?
What are Prokaryotes?
- Monera kingdom
- 'pro' means before & 'karyon' means nucleus
What are Eukaryotes?
- Plants, animals and fungi.
- Eukaryote cells have a cell membrane, a 'true' nucleus and other specialised parts
What is monera?
Largest group of organisms
How many cells do most Protista organisms have?
- There are protista organisms with many cells though, but they aren't as diverse
Give some types of Protista organisms
What are the 2 types of Plants there are?
Vascular and non-vascular
What phylum are non-vascular plants?
What type of vascular plants are there?
- Seed (Gymnosperms mean seed only, or Angiosperms mean seed with flowers)
What is the difference between monocot and dicot flowers?
- Monocot: 1 seed leef!!!! Also flower parts are in multiples of 3. Eg. Lilies, daffodils, palms and grass
- Dicot: 2 seed leafs!!!!! Also flower parts occur in multiples of 4 or 5. Eg. carrots, trees, shrubs
Phylums within Animalia and their main structural differences
- P: Rotifera- wheel of cillia used for eating and moving
- P: Porifera- no organs or nervous system, aquatic, asexual. Eg. Sponges
- P: Cnidaria- Radial symmetry, stinging cells. Eg. jellyfish
- P: platyhelminthes- flat body, mouth no anus. Eg. tapeworm
- P: Nematoda- tiny, unsegmented roundworms. Eg. Hookworms
- P: Annelida- cylindrical, move by shaping water in body. Eg. earthworms, leeches
- P: Mollusca- mixed symmetry. Eg. snails, mussels, squid
- P: Arthropoda- classes such as Crustacea, Arachnida, Insecta and Diplopoda
- P: Echinodermata- radial symmetry. Eg. starfish, sea urchin, sea cucumber
- P:Chordata- classes such as Chorndrichthyes (cartilaginous fish), Osteichthyes (bony fish), Amphibia, Reptilia, Aves and Mammalia
Classifications in order from broadest to narrowest in Kingdoms
Why can't hybrids be classified as a specie?
Because there aren't enough of them. They are only the rare offspring from 2 different species
What is the Binomial system?
Naming species by 2 latinised words. One being the genus name and the other the specie
Why are Species named using Latin?
Because Latin is a dead language, meaning it wont change.
What is a Dichotomous key?
An identification key in which one brach leads to 2 branches at each step. Eg...