the student will be able to investigate and explain cellular processes, including homeostasis, energy conversions, transport of molecules, and synthesis of new molecules
examine specialized cells, including roots, stems, and leaves of plants; and animal cells such as blood, muscle, and epithelium;
analyze and evaluate how evidence of common ancestry among groups is provided by the fossil record, biogeography, and homologies, including anatomical, molecular, and developmental;
: analyze and evaluate the relationship of natural selection to adaptation and to the development of diversity in and among species;
categorize organisms using a hierarchical classification system based on similarities and differences shared among groups; and
: compare characteristics of taxonomic groups, including archaea, bacteria, protists, fungi, plants, and animals.
interpret relationships, including predation, parasitism, commensalism, mutualism, and competition among organisms;
: compare variations and adaptations of organisms in different ecosystems;
: analyze the flow of matter and energy through trophic levels using various models, including food chains, food webs, and ecological pyramids;
: describe the flow of matter through the carbon and nitrogen cycles and explain the consequences of disrupting these cycles; and
: describe how environmental change can impact ecosystem stability.