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Unit 1: Introduction

All life shares certain unique characteristics.  Biologists study living things by using the scientific method.  
Homework
9/7-9/9:  Turn in "Important Information" Sheet

912-9/16: Complete First Practice Questions by Friday, 9/16

9/19-9/24: Complete Second Practice Questions By Friday, 9/24
--Do the first two questions then any 8 of the multiple choice.
Important Information
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Dates:
The Living Environment Regents Exam is on Wednesday, June 14th at Noon in the Cafeteria

Grades
Your Living Environment grade is broken down into three parts.  Below are the percentages that each count toward your grade:
1. Class Average (60%)--includes tests, quizzes and major activities
2.  Homework (20%)--includes any homework assignments and reading evaluations
3.  Lab Average--20%--includes labs and lab quizzes you do with Mr. Bornt or myself
 
YOU NEED 30 CREDITS OF LAB AND CLASS TIME COMBINED TO BE ABLE TO TAKE THE REGENTS EXAM!
Words of the Day
Biology—the study of living things
Organism—a living thing
Observation--using the five senses and scientific tools
Hypothesis--an educated guess that explains your observations
Experiment---test of a hypothesis
Control group—the group in an experiment that serves as a reference
Experimental group—The group in an experiment that receives the variable
Variable—a factor that is changed
Replicate—a repeat of the experiment to make sure results are valid
Valid—well-founded or just
Data—information collected from an experiment
Ethics—a system or set of moral principles
Specimen—an organism being studied
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