Loose-leaf Loose-leaf Version for Life: The Science of Biology
Eleventh Edition   ©2017

Loose-leaf Version for Life: The Science of Biology

David E. Sadava (The Claremont Colleges) , David M. Hillis (University of Texas at Austin) , H. Craig Heller (Stanford University) , Sally D. Hacker (Oregon State University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-12517-4; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-12517-2; Format: Loose Leaf Sheets, 1268 pages

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  • The Investigating Life narrative thread weaves through the chapter to keep students-engaged from the first page to the last. The opening story and question sets the stage for the narrative, a related Experiment and Work with the Data exercise helps  reinforce the concepts, and the synthesis and future directions at the end helps wrap up the investigation.
  •  Links to media such as animations, simulations, and jaw-dropping videos appear throughout each chapter and allow students to interact with content in a variety of ways. 
  • Intriguing Pop-Up questions in figure captions sharpen students’ skills in critical thinking-about biology and subtly reinforce the process of doing science.
  • Connect the Concepts foster thinking about the big picture—a task that can be overwhelming for introductory biology students—by demonstrating how certain important terms and concepts relate to discussions in another chapter.


  • Focus Your Learning statements guide students to the essential content as they read-through each Key Concept section.
  • Each Chapter includes a Focus Key Figure that highlights a very important concept.-These always include a question and often include a media companion.
  • Recaps for each Key Concept include Learning Outcomes that tell the student what they-should have learned in concrete terms, and Questions (all Bloom's levels 2-4) that test their-mastery of these Outcomes.
  • Apply What You've Learned exercises at the end of every chapter (Bloom’s levels 4-6) zero in-on one or two Focus Your Learning statements and challenge students to put their newly acquired knowledge into action.
  • The Active Learning Guide (for instructors) provides invaluable resources and support for-implementing active learning techniques in the classroom. Accompanying the Guide are a-set of full Active Learning Modules, which are comprised of a pre-lecture video, a complete in class exercise, a pre- and post-quiz, and extensive instructor support. 


  • The Experiments and Work with the Data exercises highlight important research and instill-the foundation of scientific investigation in students by always following the hypothesis–        method–results–conclusion framework.
  • Students needing extra practice with data analysis can use the Online Companions to every Work with the Data exercise in the book.
  • Questions in Recaps range from questions that support retention of content to questions that-foster higher-order thinking.
  • Apply What You’ve Learned exercises at the end of each chapter ask students to flex their-skills in answering complex problems that require critical thinking.
  • We lead by example by exposing students to many thoughtful questions throughout the body of  the text, reinforcing the importance of asking questions in biology.
  • To make sure students get the most out of the multitude of questions available to them in the textbook, answers to all in-book questions are now included at the back of the book.

LaunchPad for Life, Eleventh Edition
Built to address the biggest classroom issues instructors face, LaunchPad gives students everything they need to prepare for class and exams, while giving instructors everything they need to quickly set up a course, shape the content to their syllabus, craft presentations and lectures, assign and assess homework, and guide the progress of individual students and the class as a whole.

All of the resources in LaunchPad for Life, Eleventh Edition have been created specifically to support this edition. The Activities and Animations were created using textbook art; all quiz and test questions are updated and aligned to the Eleventh Edition; everything is referenced to the textbook’s Key Concepts; and substantial new active learning resources support the use of the book in an active learning context.

Searchable Question Bank
LaunchPad’s enhanced question bank functionality makes it easier to search for and select questions from any of the Life question banks (Test Bank, LearningCurve, Summative Quizzes). With the new filtering functionality, instructors can get the precise mix of questions they want by filtering for:
     • Learning Outcome (new for the Eleventh Edition) 
     • Focus Your Learning statement
     • Key Concept
     • Bloom’s Level
     • Difficulty (for LearningCurve questions)
     • Source

New Release!
LearningCurve adaptive quizzing
gives each student individualized question sets and feedback based on their correct and incorrect responses. All the questions link back to the e-book to encourage students to read the book in preparation for classtime and exams.

Updated Interface
LearningCurve’s new streamlined user experience makes features such as the Study Plan, eBook, and Hints more prominent. Also new—all questions now feature text hints to guide the student’s thinking.

Instructor Customization
LearningCurve organizes chapter quizzes by Key Concept and makes it easy for instructors to hide questions on concepts they are not covering. With this, each student’s quizzes can focus on the exact content being taught.