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Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments by Barbara Barbara Fritchman Thompson Thompson, Robert Robert Bruce Thompson Thompson

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Chapter 1. Introduction

We really mean the “No Lecture” part of the title. This book is not intended to teach you all you need to know about basic biology. It’s focused on providing an affordable, intense, reasonably comprehensive introductory biology lab experience. The background material we do provide is intended solely as a reminder of some important points that you’ve studied previously. For example, in one of the early lab sessions on biologically important molecules, we spend a couple pages covering carbohydrates and lipids and then jump into the actual lab work. If you start that lab work knowing only what we’ve told you about carbohydrates and lipids, you’ll learn less than you should from doing the labs.

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