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charcteristics of life 1
The seven characteristics of life include:
1. responsiveness to the environment
2. growth and change
3. ability to reproduce
4. have a metabolism and breathe
5. maintain homeostasis
6. being made of cells
7. passing traits onto offspring.
Advanced Characteristics of Life
The characteristics of living organisms
(adaptation, growth, reproduction, etc.)
differentiate living and non-living things. The
fundamental difference between a living thing
and a dead thing is metabolism. Metabolism is
the chemistry of life. It includes all of the
chemical reactions occurring in all of the cells
that make up an individual organism.
Life ceases when the chemical reactions of
metabolism cease. explore and identify the
common characteristics of living organisms.
These characteristics of life
include adaptation, cell structure, growth and
development,
homeostasis, metabolism, reproduction,
and responsiveness to the environment.
characteristics of life
2
Do they share characteristics with
us? All living organisms, from the
smallest bacterium to the largest
whale, share certain characteristics
of life. For example, all living things
are made of cells and they must
reproduce to make the next
generation. Without these
characteristics, there is no life.
charcteristics of life 3
Characteristics of Life
Biology examines the structure,
function, growth, origin, evolution,
and distribution of living things. It
classifies and describes organisms,
their functions, how species come
into existence, and the interactions
they have with each other and with
the natural environment.
Four unifying principles form the
foundation of modern biology: cell
theory, evolution, genetics, and
homeostasis.
.
charcteristics of life 4
Most biological sciences are specialized areas of
study. Biology includes biochemistry, cell biology,
microbiology, immunology, genetics, physiology,
zoology, ecology, evolutionary biology, and botany.
charcteristics of life 5
Biochemistry is the study of the chemicals that
make up life.
Cell biology is the study of life at the level of the
ell.
Microbiology is the study of microscopic
organisms.
Immunology is the study of an organism's
esistance to disease.
Genetics is the study of how organisms pass traits
o their offspring.
Physiology is the study of how the human body
works.
Zoology is the study of animals.
Ecology is the study of how organisms interact
with their environment and each other.
Evolutionary biology is the study of how
populations and species change over time.
Botany is the study of plants charcteristics of life 6
The four unifying principles are
important foundations for each
and every field of biology. Applied
fields of biology such as medicine
and genetic research involve many
specialized areas of study.
charcteristics of life 7
What is Life?
Not all scientists agree exactly about what makes up
life. Many characteristics describe most living
things. However, with most of the characteristics
listed below we can think of one or more examples
that would seem to break the rule, with something
non-living being classified as living or something
living being classified as non-living.
There is not just one distinguishing feature that
separates a living thing from a non-living thing. A
cat moves but so does a car. A tree grows bigger,
but so does a cloud. A cell has structure, but so
does a crystal. Biologists define life by listing
characteristics that living things share. Something
that has all of the characteristics of life is
considered to be alive.
charcteristics of life 8
An individual living creature is
called an organism. There are many
characteristics that living
organisms share. They all:
1. respond to their environment
2. grow and change
3. reproduce and have offspring
4. have a complex chemistry
5. maintain homeostasis
6. are built of structures called
cells
7. pass their traits onto their
offspring
charcteristics of life 9
Responding to the Environment
All living organisms respond to their environment. If
you step on a rock, it will just lie there, but if you step
on a turtle, it may move or even snap at you. Living
things know what is going on around them, and respond
to changes in the environment. An adaptation refers to
the process of becoming adjusted to an environment.
Adaptations may include structural, physiological, or
behavioral traits that improve an organism's likelihood
of survival, and thus, reproduction.
charcteristics of life 10
Growth and Change
All living organisms have the ability
to grow and change. A seed may
look like a pebble, but under the
right conditions it will sprout and
form a seedling that will grow into
a larger plant. The pebble of course
will not grow. Even the smallest
bacteria must grow. This bacteria
will reproduce by dividing into two
separate bacterium. If the parent
bacterium does not grow, then
each subsequent generation will
just be smaller then the previous
generation.
charcteristics of life 11
Reproduction
All living organisms must have the ability to reproduce.
Living things make more organisms like themselves.
Whether the organism is a rabbit, or a tree, or a bacterium,
life will create more life. If a species cannot create the
next generation, the species will go extinct. Reproduction
is the process of making the next generation and may be a
sexual or an asexual process. Sexual reproduction
involves two parents and the fusion of gametes, haploid
sex cells from each parent. Sexual reproduction produces
offspring that are genetically unique and increases genetic
variation within a species. Asexual reproduction involves
only one parent. It occurs without a fusion of gametes and
produces offspring that are all genetically identical to the
parent.
charcteristics of life 12
Have Complex Chemistry
All living organisms have a complex chemistry.
A flower has a complicated and beautiful
structure. So does a crystal. But if you look
closely at the crystal, you see no change. The
flower, on the other hand, is transporting water
through its petals, producing pigment molecules,
breaking down sugar for energy, and undergoing
a large number of other biochemical reactions
that are needed for living organisms to stay alive.
The sum of all the chemical reactions in a cell is
metabolism.
charcteristics of life 13
Maintain Homeostasis
A human body has a temperature of 37
degrees Celsius, (about 98.6 degrees
Fahrenheit). If you step outside on a cold
morning, the temperature might be below
freezing. Nevertheless, you do not become
an ice cube. You shiver and the movement in
your arms and legs allows you to stay warm.
Eating food also gives your body the energy
it needs to keep warm. Living organisms
keep their internal environments within a
certain range (they maintain a stable
internal condition), despite changes in their
external environment. This process is called
homeostasis, and is an important
characteristic of all living organisms.
charcteristics of life 14
Built of Cells
If you look closely at any organism
you can see that it is made of
structures called cells. Organisms
that are very different such as
ferns, fish, and elephants all look
similar at the cellular level. A cell is
the basic unit of structure and
function of all living organisms. All
living organisms are made of one
or more cells: a simple bacterium
will consist of just one cell,
whereas you are made of trillions
of cells.
charcteristics of life 15
Organisms are organized in the microscopic level
from atoms up to cells. The matter is structured in
an ordered way. Atoms are arranged into molecules,
then into macromolecules, which make up
organelles, which work together to form cells.
Beyond this, cells are organized in higher levels to
form entire multicellular organisms, as shown in.
Cells together form tissues, which make up organs,
which are part of organ systems, which work
together to form an entire organism. Of course,
beyond this, organisms form populations which
make up parts of an ecosystem. All of Earth's
ecosystems together form the diverse environment
that is Earth.
charcteristics of life 16
Levels of organization in a tree. (a)
The tree is the organism; (b) a leaf
is an organ, (c) a leaf tissue is made
up of different types of cells; (d) a
plant cell; (e) chloroplast is an
organelle inside a plant cell; (f)
chlorophyll is the photosynthetic
molecule that is found in
chloroplasts.
charcteristics of life 17
Vocabulary
•Adaptation: The process of becoming adjusted to an
environment; a characteristic which helps an organism survive in a
specific habitat.
•Asexual reproduction: Reproduction involving only one parent;
occurs without a fusion of gametes; produces offspring that are all
genetically identical to the parent.
•Cell: The basic unit of structure and function of all living
organisms.
•Gamete: A sexually reproducing organism's reproductive cells,
such as sperm and egg cells.
•Homeostasis: The process of maintaining a stable environment
inside a cell or an entire organism.
•Metabolism: The sum of all the chemical reactions in a cell
and/or organism.
•Organism: An individual living creature; a life form consisting of
one or more cells.
•Reproduction: Process by which living organisms give rise to
offspring; making the next generation.
•Sexual reproduction: Reproduction involving the joining of
haploid gametes, producing genetically diverse individuals.
charcteristics of life 18
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Charteris tics of life .pdf

  • 1. charcteristics of life 1 The seven characteristics of life include: 1. responsiveness to the environment 2. growth and change 3. ability to reproduce 4. have a metabolism and breathe 5. maintain homeostasis 6. being made of cells 7. passing traits onto offspring.
  • 2. Advanced Characteristics of Life The characteristics of living organisms (adaptation, growth, reproduction, etc.) differentiate living and non-living things. The fundamental difference between a living thing and a dead thing is metabolism. Metabolism is the chemistry of life. It includes all of the chemical reactions occurring in all of the cells that make up an individual organism. Life ceases when the chemical reactions of metabolism cease. explore and identify the common characteristics of living organisms. These characteristics of life include adaptation, cell structure, growth and development, homeostasis, metabolism, reproduction, and responsiveness to the environment. characteristics of life 2
  • 3. Do they share characteristics with us? All living organisms, from the smallest bacterium to the largest whale, share certain characteristics of life. For example, all living things are made of cells and they must reproduce to make the next generation. Without these characteristics, there is no life. charcteristics of life 3
  • 4. Characteristics of Life Biology examines the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution of living things. It classifies and describes organisms, their functions, how species come into existence, and the interactions they have with each other and with the natural environment. Four unifying principles form the foundation of modern biology: cell theory, evolution, genetics, and homeostasis. . charcteristics of life 4
  • 5. Most biological sciences are specialized areas of study. Biology includes biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, immunology, genetics, physiology, zoology, ecology, evolutionary biology, and botany. charcteristics of life 5
  • 6. Biochemistry is the study of the chemicals that make up life. Cell biology is the study of life at the level of the ell. Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms. Immunology is the study of an organism's esistance to disease. Genetics is the study of how organisms pass traits o their offspring. Physiology is the study of how the human body works. Zoology is the study of animals. Ecology is the study of how organisms interact with their environment and each other. Evolutionary biology is the study of how populations and species change over time. Botany is the study of plants charcteristics of life 6
  • 7. The four unifying principles are important foundations for each and every field of biology. Applied fields of biology such as medicine and genetic research involve many specialized areas of study. charcteristics of life 7
  • 8. What is Life? Not all scientists agree exactly about what makes up life. Many characteristics describe most living things. However, with most of the characteristics listed below we can think of one or more examples that would seem to break the rule, with something non-living being classified as living or something living being classified as non-living. There is not just one distinguishing feature that separates a living thing from a non-living thing. A cat moves but so does a car. A tree grows bigger, but so does a cloud. A cell has structure, but so does a crystal. Biologists define life by listing characteristics that living things share. Something that has all of the characteristics of life is considered to be alive. charcteristics of life 8
  • 9. An individual living creature is called an organism. There are many characteristics that living organisms share. They all: 1. respond to their environment 2. grow and change 3. reproduce and have offspring 4. have a complex chemistry 5. maintain homeostasis 6. are built of structures called cells 7. pass their traits onto their offspring charcteristics of life 9
  • 10. Responding to the Environment All living organisms respond to their environment. If you step on a rock, it will just lie there, but if you step on a turtle, it may move or even snap at you. Living things know what is going on around them, and respond to changes in the environment. An adaptation refers to the process of becoming adjusted to an environment. Adaptations may include structural, physiological, or behavioral traits that improve an organism's likelihood of survival, and thus, reproduction. charcteristics of life 10
  • 11. Growth and Change All living organisms have the ability to grow and change. A seed may look like a pebble, but under the right conditions it will sprout and form a seedling that will grow into a larger plant. The pebble of course will not grow. Even the smallest bacteria must grow. This bacteria will reproduce by dividing into two separate bacterium. If the parent bacterium does not grow, then each subsequent generation will just be smaller then the previous generation. charcteristics of life 11
  • 12. Reproduction All living organisms must have the ability to reproduce. Living things make more organisms like themselves. Whether the organism is a rabbit, or a tree, or a bacterium, life will create more life. If a species cannot create the next generation, the species will go extinct. Reproduction is the process of making the next generation and may be a sexual or an asexual process. Sexual reproduction involves two parents and the fusion of gametes, haploid sex cells from each parent. Sexual reproduction produces offspring that are genetically unique and increases genetic variation within a species. Asexual reproduction involves only one parent. It occurs without a fusion of gametes and produces offspring that are all genetically identical to the parent. charcteristics of life 12
  • 13. Have Complex Chemistry All living organisms have a complex chemistry. A flower has a complicated and beautiful structure. So does a crystal. But if you look closely at the crystal, you see no change. The flower, on the other hand, is transporting water through its petals, producing pigment molecules, breaking down sugar for energy, and undergoing a large number of other biochemical reactions that are needed for living organisms to stay alive. The sum of all the chemical reactions in a cell is metabolism. charcteristics of life 13
  • 14. Maintain Homeostasis A human body has a temperature of 37 degrees Celsius, (about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit). If you step outside on a cold morning, the temperature might be below freezing. Nevertheless, you do not become an ice cube. You shiver and the movement in your arms and legs allows you to stay warm. Eating food also gives your body the energy it needs to keep warm. Living organisms keep their internal environments within a certain range (they maintain a stable internal condition), despite changes in their external environment. This process is called homeostasis, and is an important characteristic of all living organisms. charcteristics of life 14
  • 15. Built of Cells If you look closely at any organism you can see that it is made of structures called cells. Organisms that are very different such as ferns, fish, and elephants all look similar at the cellular level. A cell is the basic unit of structure and function of all living organisms. All living organisms are made of one or more cells: a simple bacterium will consist of just one cell, whereas you are made of trillions of cells. charcteristics of life 15
  • 16. Organisms are organized in the microscopic level from atoms up to cells. The matter is structured in an ordered way. Atoms are arranged into molecules, then into macromolecules, which make up organelles, which work together to form cells. Beyond this, cells are organized in higher levels to form entire multicellular organisms, as shown in. Cells together form tissues, which make up organs, which are part of organ systems, which work together to form an entire organism. Of course, beyond this, organisms form populations which make up parts of an ecosystem. All of Earth's ecosystems together form the diverse environment that is Earth. charcteristics of life 16
  • 17. Levels of organization in a tree. (a) The tree is the organism; (b) a leaf is an organ, (c) a leaf tissue is made up of different types of cells; (d) a plant cell; (e) chloroplast is an organelle inside a plant cell; (f) chlorophyll is the photosynthetic molecule that is found in chloroplasts. charcteristics of life 17
  • 18. Vocabulary •Adaptation: The process of becoming adjusted to an environment; a characteristic which helps an organism survive in a specific habitat. •Asexual reproduction: Reproduction involving only one parent; occurs without a fusion of gametes; produces offspring that are all genetically identical to the parent. •Cell: The basic unit of structure and function of all living organisms. •Gamete: A sexually reproducing organism's reproductive cells, such as sperm and egg cells. •Homeostasis: The process of maintaining a stable environment inside a cell or an entire organism. •Metabolism: The sum of all the chemical reactions in a cell and/or organism. •Organism: An individual living creature; a life form consisting of one or more cells. •Reproduction: Process by which living organisms give rise to offspring; making the next generation. •Sexual reproduction: Reproduction involving the joining of haploid gametes, producing genetically diverse individuals. charcteristics of life 18