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Week One: Evolution
- Interpret Darwin’s systematic observations.
- Explain evolution in terms of natural selection.
- Describe how the Hardy–Weinberg principle is used to assess the evolution of a population.
Week Five: Animals and Invertebrates
- Classify animals by structure and function.
- Classify invertebrates by structure and function.
Week Two: Phylogeny
- Evaluate speciation and reproductive barriers that contribute to isolation.
- Characterize speciation.
- Examine how phylogenetic trees show evolutionary relationships.
Week Three: The History of Life on Earth and Microorganisms
- Evaluate the conditions of early Earth that made the origin of life possible.
- Classify microscopic organisms by size, structure, and function.
Week Four: Plant Diversity and Fungi
- Analyze how plants evolved from green algae and adapted to life on land.
- Classify seed plants, gymnosperms, and angiosperms by structure and function.
- Classify fungi by structure and function.
Week Six: Vertebrates
- 6.1 Classify vertebrates by structure and function.
- 6.2 Analyze mammalian structures and their functions.
Week Seven: Ecology
- Evaluate the different ecological levels of biological hierarchy.
- Compare Earth’s biomes.
- Analyze how interactions between organisms and the environment limit the distribution of species.
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