Vocabulary Chapter 11

Abiotic factors- abiotic factors, are non-living chemical and physical parts of the environment that affect living organisms and the functioning of The ecosystem.

Biotic factor- Biotic factors are the living parts of an ecosystem---the animals, plants and microorganisms. Abiotic factors are the non living parts of an ecosystem.

Ecosystem- An ecosystem is a community of living organisms (plants, animals and microbes) in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment (things like air, water and mineral soil), interacting as a system.

Habitat- a shelter for a living animal.

Organism- an individual animal, plant, or single-celled life form.

Population- a certain amount of people in a certain area.

Community- a social group of any size whose members residein a specific locality, share government, and oftenhave a common cultural and historical heritage.

Classification- one of the groups or classes into which thingsmay be or have been classified.

Taxonomy- the branch of science concerned with classification, especially of organisms; systematics.