We are all life scientists!
Chapter 1 What is Life?
Key Questions:
What are the Characteristics of Life?
What do living things need to survive?
Chapter 1 What is Life?
What are the Characteristics of Life?
All living things share sixcharacteristics in
combination.
These are human cheek
cells. What kind of
organism are you?
Theyaremadeofcells!
•An organism can be made of
one single cel...
Cellsaremadeofotherchemicals!
• Proteins
• Carbohydrates
• Lipids
• Nucleic Acids
• Water
• These compounds make up all kn...
Living things respond to surroundings.
• Stimulus - a reaction to a change
• Response – an action or behavior
Chapter 1 What is Life?
Living things respond to surroundings.
Adaptation - an inherited behavior or characteristic that
e...
Chapter 1 What is Life?
Life is always changing…..
On the level of DNA……
Change = Evolution
Living things grow and develop.
Grow = larger
Develop = more complex
Living organisms reproduce.
2 types:
Sexual reproduction
Asexual reproduction
What do living things need to
survive?
• Water
• Food
Autotroph/heterotroph
• Living space
• Stable internal
conditions –
...
Test Yourself on these questions…
A Short Quiz:
1. What are the six characteristics of life?
2. What is homeostasis? What ...
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Char of life.2012

  1. 1. We are all life scientists!
  2. 2. Chapter 1 What is Life? Key Questions: What are the Characteristics of Life? What do living things need to survive?
  3. 3. Chapter 1 What is Life? What are the Characteristics of Life? All living things share sixcharacteristics in combination.
  4. 4. These are human cheek cells. What kind of organism are you? Theyaremadeofcells! •An organism can be made of one single cell – unicellular. •Or many cells as the building blocks of a larger organism – multicellular. Human cheek cells 400x
  5. 5. Cellsaremadeofotherchemicals! • Proteins • Carbohydrates • Lipids • Nucleic Acids • Water • These compounds make up all known life.
  6. 6. Living things respond to surroundings. • Stimulus - a reaction to a change • Response – an action or behavior
  7. 7. Chapter 1 What is Life? Living things respond to surroundings. Adaptation - an inherited behavior or characteristic that enables an organism to survive & reproduce. This type of response takes a long time and many generations. Over time, adaptations are modified by natural selection.
  8. 8. Chapter 1 What is Life? Life is always changing….. On the level of DNA…… Change = Evolution
  9. 9. Living things grow and develop. Grow = larger Develop = more complex
  10. 10. Living organisms reproduce. 2 types: Sexual reproduction Asexual reproduction
  11. 11. What do living things need to survive? • Water • Food Autotroph/heterotroph • Living space • Stable internal conditions – homeostasis
  12. 12. Test Yourself on these questions… A Short Quiz: 1. What are the six characteristics of life? 2. What is homeostasis? What is an example of homeostasis? 3. Is a computer living? Why or why not? 4. Why is energy required by living things?

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