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The world through our senses

1. Sensory organs

Sensory organs Type of senses Stimuli detected

Skin Touch Touch, temperature,
pressure, pain
Nose Smell Chemical in air
Tongue Taste Chemical in food
Ear Hearing Sound
Eye Sight Light

2. Pathway from stimulus to response

Stimulus → receptors→ nerves → brain →nerves → effectors → response

3. Sense of touch is the sense that is sensitive towards the touch pain,
pressure, cold and heat.
4. The skin of human is divided into two layers, dermis and epidermis.
5. Types of receptors :
– Pain receptor
– Heat receptor
– Pressure receptor
– Cold receptor
– Touch receptor
1. Sensitivity of skin depends of two factors:
– Thickness of the epidermis
– Number of receptors
1. Sense of smell is the sense that can detect stimuli produced by
2. The sensitivity of nose depends of two factors:
– The strength of the smell
– The presence of mucus
1. The sense of taste is the sense that can detect stimulus produced by
flavoured chemicals.
2. The tongue is the sensory organ for taste.
3. The tongue enables us to detect sweet, salty, sour, and bitter.
4. The surface has many taste buds.
5. The sense of hearing is the sense that can detect source of sound
produced by vibrating object.
6. The function of each part of the ear
a) Pinna – collects and directs sound wave into ear canal
b) Ear canal – directs sound waves to the eardrum
Eardrum – vibrates and transfers sound waves to the ossicles
Ossicle – intensify the vibration
Eustachian tube – balances air pressure
Oval window – transfer sound vibration from the middle ear to inner
g) Cochlea – convert sound vibrations into nerve impulse
h) Semicircular canals – detect position and movement of head to
keep us stay balance
i) Auditory nerves – transfer impulses from the cochlea to the brain
1. The sense of sight is the sense that can detect light stimulus
2. The function of each part of the eye
a) Sclera – maintains the shape of eyeball , protects the eyeball
b) Cornea – allow light to enter the eye , focuses light onto the retina
c) Choroid – supplies oxygen and nutrients to the eye, absorbs and
prevent internal light reflection in the eye
d) Conjunctiva – protects the cornea
e) Iris – determines the colour of the eye, controls the size of the pupil
f) Pupil – allows light to enter the eye and controls the size of the
g) Lens – refracts and focuses light onto the retina
h) Ciliary muscle – changes the thickness of the lens
i) Suspensory ligament – supports and holds the lens
j) Vitreous homour – maintains the shape of the eyeball
k) Aqueous humour – refracts and focuses light entering the eye
l) Retina – detects light stimulus and changes it into impulse
m) Optic nerves – transmit nerve impulses from the retina to the brain

Light and sight

1. Light is a form of energy that can be detected by our eyes.

2. Light travels in a straight line.
3. Light can be reflected, refracted, dispersed.
4. The rate of reflected light by a surface depends on the colour and
nature of the surface.
5. When light travels at an angle through a medium of different density,
the light will be deflected. This deflection is known as refraction of

Defects of vision and corrections

1. Short-sightedness
– Near object are seen clearly
– Distant objects look blur
– Eyeball is too long or big
– Eye lens is too thick
– Image is formed in front of the retina
– Wear glasses with concave lens
1. Long-sightedness
– Distant objects are seen clearly
– Near objects look blur
– Eyeball too short or small
– Eye lens is too thin
– Image is formed behind the retina
– Wear glasses with convex lens
1. Defects of the eye include blindness, colour blindness, astigmatism
and blurred vision.
2. Colour blindness is a hereditary defect.
3. Astigmatism is a problem of hazy vision caused by irregular surface of
the cornea. Astigmatism can be corrected with a cylindrical lens or
through surgery.
4. Optical illusion occurs when the brain cannot interpret nerve impulses
received properly.
5. The blind spot is the place where the optic nerves leave the eyeball.
6. The stereoscopic vision is a vision using both eyes at the front of the
7. Advantages of the stereoscopic vision :
– Sees three-dimensional pictures of object
– Enables more accurate estimation of distance and position
1. Monocular vision is a vision by animals with eyes at the side of the
2. Advantages of the monocular vision :
– Have a wide vision field
– Cannot estimate distance accurately

Sound and Hearing

1. Sound is produced by the vibrations of objects and is a form of energy

carried in the form of waves.
2. Sound can be transferred through solids, liquids, gases.
3. Sound cannot be transferred trough a vacuum.
4. Sound can be reflected or absorbed by the surface of an abject.
5. Surface that are smooth, even and hard are good sound absorbers and
produce weak echo.

Stimuli and responses in plants

1. Plants cannot move from one place to another but can move towards a
2. The movements of plants are influenced by stimuli such as light,
gravity, water, chemical substances and contact with external objects.
3. Tropism is the growth in parts of a plant in response towards or away
from an external stimulus.
4. Growth of a part of a plant towards an external stimulus is known as
positive tropism while growth away from an external stimulus is known
as negative tropism.
5. Tropism involves tips of shoots and roots of plants.
6. Types of tropism :
a) Phototropism
b) Geotropism
c) Hydrotropism
d) Thigmotropism
1. Phototropism is the response of a plant towards light stimulus.
2. Geotropism is the response of plants toward gravitational pull.
3. Hydrotropism is the response of plants toward water.
4. Thigmotropism is the response of plants towards touch.
5. Shoots of plants show :
– Positive phototropism
– Negative phototropism
1. Roots of plants show :
– Positive phototropism
– Positive geotropism
1. Tendrils of plants show :
– Positive thigmotropism
– Negative hydrotropism


1. Classes of food
– Carbohydrates
– Proteins
– Fats
– Vitamins
– Water
– Fibre
– Minerals
1. Carbohydrates are compounds made up of carbon, hydrogen and
2. Ration of hydrogen to oxygen is 2 : 1
3. Carbohydrates are formed from simple molecules known as simple
4. Carbohydrates can be divided into three types based on the number of
simple sugars in the molecules:
a) Monosaccharide [ made up of one unit of simple sugar ]
Example – glucose, fructose, galactose
b) Disaccharide [ made up of two units of simple sugars ]
Example – lactose, maltose, sucrose
c) Polysaccharide [ made up of many units of simple sugars ]
Example – starch, glycogen, cellulose (fibre)

1. Starch food such as bread, rice, potatoes.

2. Sugary food such as honey, fruits, sugar cane, milk.
3. Cellulose such as those found in the plant cell walls.
4. Function of carbohydrates :
a) To supply energy
b) As stored food in animal and plant cells
1. Food test for carbohydrates :
a) The presence of starch can be tested by iodine solution. When the
iodine is dripped onto a starch solution, the solution changes to
dark blue or blue-black.
b) The presence of glucose, galactose, lactose and maltose can be
tested with Benedict’s solution or Fehling’s. When Benedict’s
solution is heated gently in a water bath, glocuse solution for two
minutes, the solution changes colour gradually from light blue to
green, yellow, orange, and finally a brick-red precipitate is formed.
1. Proteins are nutrients containing carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and
nitrogen. Some proteins also contain sulphur and phosphorus.
2. The basic unit of proteins is amino acid.
3. Function of protein:
a) For the growth of the body
b) For formation of new cells
c) To synthesise other protein compounds
d) To provide energy
1. Test for proteins:
a) The test for the presence of proteins in food samples is known as
Million’s test.
b) A red coagulation is formed when food containing proteins is heated
together with Million’s reagent.
1. Fats are compounds that contain carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.
2. The ration of hydrogen to oxygen is more than 2 : 1.
3. The basic unit of fats is fatty acids combined with glycerol.
4. Function of fats:
a) As a rich source of energy
b) As a heat insulator
c) As a solvent for vitamin A, D, E, and K.
d) Prevent the loss of water.
1. Test for fats:
a) The test for the presence of fats in food samples is known as the
alcohol – emulsion test.
b) A few drops of ethanol are added to a very small amount of fats and
mixture is shaken vigorously to dissolve fats. An equal amount of
distilled water is added. A cloudy white (milk-like) emulsion
indicates the presence of fats or oils.
1. Vitamins are organic compounds that contain carbon and hydrogen.
Some vitamins also contain oxygen, nitrogen, cobalt, and zinc.
2. Minerals are inorganic substances present in the form of ions.
3. Fibre is the part of food that cannot be digested by our body.
4. Fibre is made up of cellulose that exists as the main building material
in the plant cell walls.
5. Fibre is important to encourage peristalsis in intestines and ensure the
smooth movement of food substances as well as facilitate defecation.
6. The lack of fibre can cause faeces to store in the large intestines for a
long period time. It is difficult to get rid of faeces that have turned dry
and hard in the large intestines, this condition is called constipation.
7. Water makes up about three quarters or 70% of our body weight.
8. Function of water:
a) As a solvent for chemicals
b) As a transport medium
c) To regulate and maintain body temperature
d) To regulate pressure of body fluids
e) As lubricant to reduce friction between joints of bones
f) To assist smooth peristalsis.
g) As moist substance in cells, tissues and internal organs.
1. Water is expelled from the body through physiological processes such
as perspiration, respiration, urination and defecation.
2. Factors that determine a person’s balanced diet:
a) Age
b) Body size
c) Sex
d) Occupation
e) Climate
f) State of health
1. The amount of energy in food is known as calorie.
2. Calorie is defined as the amount of heat needed to increase 1g of
water by 1°C at 1 atmospheric pressure.
3. The SI unit to measure the amount of energy in food is joule (J).
4. A balanced diet is important to:
a) Maintain optimum health of the body
b) Ensure body growth
c) Repair and replace old or damaged tissues
d) Ensure sufficient energy for the body according to its needs
1. Diet imbalance in the long run causes a person to contract deficiency
disease. This condition is known as malnutrition.
2. Digestion is a process of breaking down large or complex food
molecules into simpler and smaller soluble molecules that are readily
absorb by the body.
3. Digestion in the body is carried out by specific system known as the
digestion system.
4. The digestive system breaks down carbohydrates into glucose,
proteins into amino acids and fats into fatty acids and glycerol.
5. Digestion is said to take place if food is found in the alimentary canal.
The passage of food in the alimentary canal is as follows:

Mouth → oesophagus → stomach → small intestine → large intestine →

rectum → anus

6. Physical digestion involves the break down of large pieces of food into
smaller pieces by physical action of chewing and grinding by the teeth.
7. Saliva softens the food particles and shapes them into a lump called
8. Chemical digestion is the process of breaking down complex food into
simpler form by chemical means.
9. Chemical digestion in the alimentary canal occurs in the mouth,
stomach and small intestine
10.There are three types of digestive enzymes:
a) Amylase to break down starch.
b) Protease to break down proteins.
c) Lipase to break down fat.
1. When the food enters the stomach, the stomach wall will secrete
gastric juice that contains hydrochloric acid, proteases and water.
2. The small intestine secretes enzymes to complete the digestion of food
and absorption of digestive products.
3. The small intestine is made up three parts. They are duodenum,
jejunum and ileum.
4. In the duodenum, chime is mixed with two types of secretions, bile
from the gall bladder and pancreatic juice from the pancreas.
5. Bile is a yellow-greenish liquid produced by the liver and stored in the
gall bladder.
6. Bile is directed into the duodenum from the gall bladder via the bile
7. Bile does not contain enzyme. It is alkaline because it contains sodium
hydrogen carbonate salt. Bile neutralizes acids in the stomach and
provides an alkaline medium for the action of enzymes from the
pancreatic juice and small intestine.
8. Bile also emulsifies fats that are it breaks up fats into smaller droplets
by reducing the surface tension of fat droplets. This process is known
as breakdown of fats or emulsion. This aims to increase the surface
area of fats for the action of enzymes as well as accelerate the
digestion of fats.
9. Function of enzymes in the pancreatic juice:
a) Pancreatic amylase breaks down starch into maltose.
Starch amylase maltose
b) Lipase breaks down fats into fatty acids and glycerol.
Fat Fatty acids + Glycerol

c) Protease breaks down proteins into polypeptides.

Proteins polypeptides

1. Function of enzymes in intestinal juice:

a) Protease breaks down polypeptides into amino acids.
b) Lipase breaks down fats into fatty acids and glycerol.
c) Maltase breaks down maltose into glucose.
d) Sucrose breaks down sucrose into fructose and glucose.
e) Lactose breaks down lactose into galactose and glucose.
1. Vitamins and minerals are not digested in the alimentary canal as they
exist in their simple original forms.
2. Products of digestion, vitamins and minerals will be absorbed into the
bloodstream through the walls of the small intestine by diffusion. This
process is known as absorption.
3. The small intestine has special adaptability characteristics to increases
its efficiency in the process of absorption.
4. Villi increase the surface area to speech up the absorption process. The
surface area for absorption is about 40m².
5. Villi also contain many blood capillaries and lacteals to increase the
absorption of products of digestion.
6. Undigested substances such as fibre will be converted into faeces
before being expelled from the anus by defecation.
7. Food must be handled with care to prevent food poisoning and to
retain nutrients.


1. A classification system is required to group living things methodically

because of their large number and types.
2. Animals can be divided into vertebrates and invertebrates.
3. Vertebrates :
– With backbones
– Main support is endoskeleton which consists of bones.
1. Invertebrates :
– Without backbones
– Main support is exoskeleton and fluid pressure
1. Vertebrate can be divided into five groups, namely fish, amphibians,
reptiles, birds and mammals.
2. The characteristics of vertebrates are as follows :

Classes of vertebrates Characteristics

Fish (Pisces) – Live in fresh water or sea water
– Body is covered with slimy scales
– Fins and tails are used to swim and
balance the body
– Breathe through gills
– Cold-blooded
– Lay eggs

Amphibians – Can live on land and in the water

– Have moist and exposed skin
– Cold-blooded
– Lay eggs
– Have webs
– Do not have external ears

Reptiles – Have dry and scaly skin

– Most lay eggs
– Cold-blooded
– Breathe through lungs
– Have one type of teeth
– Teeth are sharp and cone-shaped

Birds – Live on land

– Covered with feather
– Feathers are waterproof and can trap
heat to keep the body warm
– Can swim
– Can fly
– Lay eggs
– Warm-blooded
– Breathe through lungs
– Do not have teeth but use beak to peck
– Hard scaly legs and sharp claws

Mammals – Most live on land

– Cover with hair or fur
– Skin has sweat glands
– Warm blooded
– Breathe through lungs
1. Invertebrates are animals without backbones.
2. Plants can be classified according to their common characteristic.
3. Classification of plants by common characteristics:
a) Grow on land
b) Grow in water
c) Woody stem
d) Shrub
e) Flowering
f) Non-flowering
g) Have seeds
h) Have spores
i) Net-veined leaves
j) Parallel-veined leaves
1. Plants can be divide into flowering and non-flowering
2. Flowering can be divided into two groups, the monocotyledons and the
3. Cotyledon is the main seed leaf for the germination of new seedlings.
4. Cotyledon contain starch as food for the seeds that are unable to make
their own food
5. Monocotyledons
– Seed has one cotyledon
– Fibrous root system, which consists of many roots of equal size
– Leaves have parallel veins
– Stem is non-woody and soft
– Example : wild grass, orchid, maize, sugarcane, palm trees, paddy
1. Dicotyledons
– Seed has two cotyledons
– Tap root system, which consists of small roots that branch out of one
main root
– Leaves have net veins
– Stem is woody and hard
– Examples: rose tree, bougainvillea, angsana tree, balsam plant, guava
1. Non – flowering need to reproduce through spores.

Interdependence among living organisms and the environment

1. Ecology is the study of relationship between living things as well as the

relationship between living things and the environment.
2. Species is a group of organisms that have common characteristics that
can breed among themselves to produce fertile offspring.
3. Population is a group of organisms of the same species living in the
same habitat.
4. A community consists of several types of interdependent populations
of organisms living together in one habitat.
5. Habitat is the natural are where an organism lives and reproduces.
6. Organism obtains food and protection from their habitats.
7. All organisms living in a habitat interact to maintain the balance in the
8. Ecosystem is made up of organisms that interact with one another as
well as with non-living things in their surroundings.
9. Living organisms are interdependent. Examples of interdependence
between living things are:
a) Supply of gases
b) Sources of food
c) Shelter
1. Living things and non-living things interact with one another to
maintain a balanced ecosystem.
2. Interaction is important for the survival of living things.
3. There are different types of interactions, such as prey-predator,
symbiosis and competition.
4. Predators are organisms that hunt and eat other organisms for food.
5. Preys are organisms hunted by the predators for food.
6. Symbiosis is any close relationship or interaction between two
organisms of different species.
7. Examples of symbiosis are:
– Commensalism
→A relationship in which one organism [the commensal] benefits and
the other [the host] is not affected.
– Mutualism
→A relationship in which both organisms benefit.
– Parasitism
→A relationship in which one organism benefits but the organism that
is harmed is the host.
→The organism that benefits is the parasite and the organism that is
harmed is the host.
→The parasite lives on or inside its host body and obtains nutrients
from the host.
1. Competition takes place when organisms living in the same area
compete to obtain common needs such as shelter, water, mate,
minerals, food, or light.
2. Competition occurs when the common needs in an ecosystem are
3. The stronger organism will dominate an area and the smaller or
weaker one will be eliminated or die.
4. Biological control is a method to control the number of a pest organism
[prey] by using its predator.
5. Biological control is better compared to chemical control [use of
pesticides] because it is non-toxic and does not harm other organism
which is not pests.
6. Organisms can be classified as producers, consumers and decomposer
according to their relationships in term of sources of food.
7. Producers are organisms that can manufacture their own food
8. Green plants are known as producers because they can make their
own food by using carbon dioxide, water and energy from sunlight.

Carbon Light
Water + Glucose +
Chlorophyll Oxygen

9. Consumers are organism that obtain food from other organisms

10.Consumers are usually animals cannot make their own food.
11.Consumers can be divided into three types:
a) Primary consumers
b) Secondary consumers
c) Tertiary consumers
1. Primary consumers are consumers that feed directly on plants and are
normally herbivorous animals or omnivorous animals.
2. Secondary consumers are consumers that feed on primary consumers.
3. Tertiary consumers are consumers that feed on secondary consumers.
4. Decomposers are microorganisms that break down tissues of dead
organisms into simpler substances.
5. Scavengers feed on dead plants and animals and break them down
into smaller parts.
6. A food chain shows the relationship between food and organisms in an
7. A pyramid of numbers shows the number of organisms at each stage
of a food chain.

8. Photosynthesis is a process in which green plants manufactures food

from carbon dioxide and water in the presence of sunlight and
9. Oxygen cycle is the continuous process of taking and returning oxygen
into the atmosphere.
10.Carbon cycle is the continuous cycle of taking and returning carbon in
the form of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

Water and solution

1. Kinetic theory is an explanation of how particles in matter behave.
2. Water can exist in three states, solid, liquid and gas.
3. Water changes blue cobalt chloride paper to pink.
4. Water changes white anhydrous copper sulphate to blue.
5. Water is a compound. Therefore, the components of water can only be
broken down chemically.
6. The way of breaking water using electrical energy is known as
7. Electrolyte is added into the water to increase the conductivity of
water and to speed up the process of electrolysis.
8. Electrode is an electric conductor in the form of a plate or a rod
immersed into water.
9. There are two types of electrodes:
a) Anode [positive electrode]
b) Cathode [negative electrode]
1. Water is formed from two elements: hydrogen and oxygen
2. Oxygen is released at the anode.
3. Hydrogen is released at the cathode.
4. The volume of hydrogen is twice the volume of oxygen. So, the ratio of
the volume of hydrogen to oxygen in one water molecule is 2 : 1
5. A water molecule consists of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of
oxygen. Therefore, the formula for water is written as H, O.
6. Evaporation is the process of liquid changing into water vapor at any
temperature lower than the boiling temperature of the liquid.
7. Factors affecting the rate of evaporation:
a) Humidity of air decreases
b) Surrounding temperature rises
c) Surface area of water
d) Air movement
1. Solute is a substance that can dissolve in a liquid.
2. Solvent is a liquid that dissolves a substance.
3. Solution is a product of mixture formed when a solute dissolves in a
4. There are three types if solutions:
a) Dilute solution
b) Concentration solution
c) Saturated solution
1. Dilute solution is produced when a little solute is dissolved in a solvent
2. A concentrated solution is produced when a lot of solute is dissolved in
a solvent.
3. A saturated solution is produced when the maximum amount of solute
is dissolved in a solvent until no more solute can be dissolved.
4. Liquid mixtures can be classified into solutions and suspensions,
depending on the nature of the solute and its liquid solvent.
5. A solution is the mixture obtained when a substance dissolves in a
6. A suspension is the mixture obtained when a substance is suspended
in a liquid and does not dissolve in it.
7. Solubility is defined as the maximum amount of solute that can
dissolve in a given amount of solvent at a particular temperature to
produce a saturated solution.

Mass of solute (G)

Solubility =
Volume of solvent (100ml)

8. Rate of dissolving
a) Size of solute particles
b) Rate of stirring
c) Temperature of solvent
d) Volume of solvent
e) Water is known as the universal solvent because it can dissolve
most substance.
1. The properties of acids:
a) Have a sour taste
b) Have a corrosive nature
c) Have pH values less than 7
d) Reacts with metals
e) Changes a moist litmus paper from blue to red
Acid = metal → hydrogen = salt
f) Reacts with carbonates to produce carbon dioxide, water and other
g) Turns lime water cloudy
1. The properties of alkalis:
a) Taste bitter and smooth like soap
b) Have a corrosive nature
c) Have pH values of more than 7
d) Changes moist litmus paper from red to blue.
e) Reacts with ammonium salts to produce ammonia gas, water, and
other salt
1. The greater the pH value, the fewer the hydrogen ions in the solution,
so the acidity of the acid also decrease.
2. The greater the pH value, the more hydroxide ions in the solution, the
greater the alkalinity of the alkali.
3. Acid base indicators are chemical substances that show colour
changes in acidic and alkaline solutions.