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"Connecting Concepts: Cell Biology/Thermodynamics 1: Why Cells Need Energy" icon

Connecting Concepts: Cell Biology/Thermodynamics 1: Why Cells Need Energy

Students make decisions for a paramecium living in a Petri dish that will determine if it will have enough energy to survive and reproduce. Students will: 1) decide whether the paramecium will eat, swim, or reproduce based on its available energy and the amount of energy required for each activity; 2) learn about cellular processes that require energy.... Show More


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Marty Zahn
Marty Zahn (Retired Faculty)
9 years ago

Part one of five interactive exercises that investigate the role of thermodynamics in cell activity. Uses simple organism to illustrate concept.  Very well written and well organized. Requires students to draw conclusions from information presennted.

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Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 1/2 hour