BioQUEST Notes 3.1

The BioQUEST Collection

Copyright (c) 1990 Beloit College and The Corporation For Public Broadcasting

Edited by John R. Jungck
Co-Editors: John N. Calley, Nils Peterson & Jim Stewart
Managing Editor : Patti Soderberg

Introduction to the Three P's
Chapter - Practical Introduction & Philosophy

John R. Jungck, Beloit College
John Calley, University of Arizona
Jim Stewart, University of Wisconsin

Introduction to BioQUEST

A Hypercard Tour of BioQUEST modules
Nils Peterson, From The Heart Software


Chapter and Hypercard Stack
Daniel Hornbach, Macalester College

Biota Software

Predator / Prey relationships
Jim Danbury, Ben Jones, John Kruper
Jim Lichtenstein, Eric Nelson, Jeff Schank
Bill Sterner, Joyce Weil, Bill Wimsatt;
University of Chicago

***Biota Software***
Predator / Prey relationships

Biota is both a field ecology simulation and a predator-prey modeling system. Using Biota, students might explore the species found in a variety of ecosystems. For example, they might choose to explore the species found in an isolated desert canyon. Using sampling techniques and traps with mark and recapture, they can design and carry out investigations regarding birth and death rates, relationships, and population sizes of the species they identify. Or, students may choose to model an ecosystem of his or her choice based on actual field work. Does the model they create and manipulate account for the data they are collecting in the field?

Data Collection and Organization

Chapter and the "Bumpus" data set
Frank Price, Hamilton College

Environmental Decision Making

Software - Systems Ecology
H.T. Odum, Univ. of FL Gainesville
E.C. Odum, Santa Fe Comm. College
Nils Peterson, From The Heart Software

***Environmental Decision Making Software***
Systems Ecology

EDM uses Extend, a modeling program, to enable students to create ecosystems, pose “what if?” questions about their model. Students are able to alter the parameters of their system and run the simulation to check the subsequent results. For example, students can explore issues related to fishing and fish management in a pond; create a logging model exploring relationships between timber sales, logging, and forest management; or investigate how factors such as fire and drought effect a grassland ecosystem.

Genetics Construction Kit

Software-Mendelian Genetics
John Calley, Univ. of Arizona
John R. Jungck, Beloit College

Isolated Heart Lab Software

Heart Physiology
Nils Peterson, From The Heart Software
Virginia Vaughan, BioQUEST


Chapter-Modeling in Biology
William Wimsatt, Univ. of Chicago
Jeff Schank, Univ. of Chicago

Sequence It! Software

Protein sequencing
Alan Place, Univ. of Maryland
Thomas Schmidt, Univ. of Maryland

Minimum Configuration: The minimum configuration for most of the BioQUEST software modules is a Macintosh with 1 Megabyte of RAM, and running System 6.0 or better. Most modules will run on a Macintosh with two 800K floppy disk drives, though a hard disk and more RAM is recommended. Biometrics uses HyperCard, which requires more RAM and a hard drive. IHL comes with HyperCard stacks for an introduction, but can be run without them. CVCK requires a 1.44 Megabyte floppy drive or a hard drive, and additional RAM is recommended.

Recommended Configuration: We recommend 4 Megabytes of RAM and a hard drive. A Macintosh with a math co-processor will also improve the performance significantly for all the modules.

Introducing BioQUEST Hypercard Stacks

These Hypercard stacks provide a brief description of the educational philosophy that has informed the development of BioQUEST modules, as well as a tour of many software simulations that are in the BioQUEST Library. These stacks are NOT functioning BioQUEST modules, rather, they are a means to provide further information about the BioQUEST Project and the BioQUEST Library that will be published in the near future.


If you are interested in receiving a set of Hypercard "Introducing BioQUEST" stacks, please send two double-sided/double density 3.5" Macintosh disks and a self-addressed stamped mailer to:

BioQUEST, Biology Department, Beloit College, 700 College Street, Beloit, WI 53511

The stacks, which ordinarily fit on four disks, will be compressed and sent to you in two self-extracting files. Or, if you prefer, send $10.00 to cover the cost of the disks and shipping. Checks should be made payable to Beloit College.


The BioQUEST Introductory stacks are now available via anonymous ftp from "": the Stacks are located in the "public/bioquest" folder there. If you are interested in accessing a current version of our introductory stacks, but are not familiar with the INTERNET system, you might ask your local Academic Computing department for assistance.

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