Welcome to AP Biology 2016-2017!




Other Important Dates

April 22 - Final AP Readiness session of the year

April 26, 12-3:30PM - Final Exam (Mock AP)


REMINDER: All students need to attend 4 AP Readiness sessions at UCLA during the school year. The student registration can be found here. I have copies of the release form and field trip slips for you. Maps, agendas, and bus schedules can also be found here.


AP Biology Syllabus
AP Biology Student Survey

I have tried to list the source of all documents, if known. If I have missed any, made a mistake, or if you know who created any document, please let me know so I can attribute the source.

All PowerPoint presentations (unless otherwise noted) are adapted from Kim Foglia's Explore Biology website.

Useful Links:

Bozeman Science - science videos
David Knuffke's Prezi Page - AP Biology Prezi presentations


Date

Agenda

Homework

Announcements


Class Evaluation

Final Project - Biology Board Game due Wednesday, May 31
Monday,
May 8

AP BIOLOGY EXAM!!!!! -

8:00 AM, ROOM N330

DO NOT BE LATE.

Come by the room before the exam for breakfast.
Don't forget your calculator.


Friday,
May 5
Review Resources:
Schedule for live stream review sessions:
Review Sessions
Thursday,
May 4
  • Review


Wednesday,
May 3
  • Review
  • AP Biology Review Packet - Concept 8 (study and do the practice questions)

Tuesday,
May 2
  • Review
  • AP Biology Review Packet - Concept 6 & 7 (study and do the practice questions)

Monday,
May 1
  • Review

Friday,
April 28
  • Mass plants
  • Class data
  • Transpiration FRQ
  • AP Biology Review Packet - Concept 2 & 3 (study and do the practice questions)
  • Transpiration Lab due Monday

Thursday,
April 27
  • Mass plants
  • Go over grid-in questions
  • AP Biology Review Packet - Concept 1 (study and do the practice questions)
Career Summit (39 minute periods)
Wednesday,
April 26
  • Mass plants
  • Review

FINAL EXAM AT 12PM

15 week grades due
Tuesday,
April 25
  • Mass plants
  • Immune System
  • Nervous System
STUDY!!!!! Your final is tomorrow!

Monday,
April 24
  • Mass plants
  • Immune System

Friday,
April 21
  • Immune System
  • Watch Crash Course Biology / Your Immune System
    • Use the notes we started in class today to follow along
  • BIOZONE - all nervous system worksheets
  • Read, annotate, and complete Transpiration packet

Thursday,
April 20
  • Finish Feedback Mechanisms Inquiry chart
  • BIOZONE - "Hormonal Regulation" and "Effect of Blocking Signals"
  • Watch & complete worksheet: Bozeman / 023 - Plant and Animal Defense
  • BIOZONE - "Our Body's Defenses" and "The Lymphatic System"

Wednesday,
April 19
Unit 7 Exam - MC & FR

Tuesday,
April 18
  • Origin of Life
  • Review
  • Unit Exam tomorrow
  • Unit Assignments due tomorrow

Monday,
April 17
  • Hardy-Weinberg Quiz
  • Phylogenetic/Cladogram Practice
    • HW key
    • AP Exam practice questions
  • Speciation - main ideas
Unit 7 Exam on Wednesday
Friday,
April 7
  • Hardy-Weinberg Quiz
  • Phylogenetics
    • AP Biology - Cladogram Analysis
SPRING BREAK HOMEWORK:
  • Phylogenetics & Cladograms:
    • Finish Cladogram Analysis
    • Cladistics and Bioinformatics Questions
  • Speciation
  • STUDY FOR FINAL/AP EXAM - review guide
  • *New Addition*: Hardy-Weinberg quiz Monday

Thursday,
April 6
  • Hardy-Weinberg practice
  • Finish PowerPoint

Wednesday,
April 5
  • BIOZONE "Calculating Allele Frequencies in Populations"

Tuesday,
April 4
  • Finish Natural Selection
  • Evidence of Evolution - Chapter 22.3
    • Any questions from ppt?
    • Check for understanding - scenarios (at end of PowerPoint)
  • Intro Hardy-Weinberg
    • Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium is a state where a population is NOT evolving. If a population is evolving, then it is not in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. Hardy-Weinberg calculations combine what you are learning in this unit with what you learned in the Genetics unit (alleles, inheritance patterns, etc.).

Monday,
April 3
  • Watch and fill in worksheet: Bozeman / 004 - Evidence of Evolution
  • Read/annotate/study PowerPoints - Descent with Modification & Evidence for Evolution by Natural Selection

Thursday,
March 30
  • Work on assignments due on Monday
  • Amgen Lab & typed Scientific Abstract due on Monday
  • STOP and THINK - explain each term in 5 words or less, write 2-3 sentence explanation
  • BIOZONE "Darwin's Theory" & "Natural Selection"
  • BIOZONE "The Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance" & "Insecticide Resistance"
(Substitute)
Wednesday,
March 29
  • Intro Evolution Unit
    • Homer Evolution
    • The Evolution of Life in 60 Seconds
    • 12 Days of Evolution
    • Bill Nye Explains Evolution with Emojis
  • Natural Selection PowerPoint - Chapter 22.1, 22.2
  • Amgen Lab & typed Scientific Abstract due on Monday
  • STOP and THINK - explain each term in 5 words or less, write 2-3 sentence explanation
  • BIOZONE "Darwin's Theory" & "Natural Selection"
  • BIOZONE "The Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance" & "Insecticide Resistance"
(Substitute)
Tuesday,
March 28
Unit 6 Exam - MC (TIMED)

Monday,
March 27
Unit 6 Exam - FR
  • STUDY
  • Unit 6 Assignments due tomorrow

Friday,
March 24
  • Review
  • STUDY
  • Unit 6 Assignments due Tuesday
  • Amgen Lab & Scientific Abstract - due Monday, April 3

Thursday,
March 23
  • Analyze Lab 5A
    • Bacterial Growth Predictions
    • Count colonies
    • Transformation Efficiency
  • Review
  • STUDY
  • Amgen Lab & Scientific Abstract - due Monday, April 3

Wednesday,
March 22
  • Lab 5A
  • STUDY

Tuesday,
March 21
  • Prep for Lab 5A
  • Reread procedure/flow chart for Lab 5A
  • STUDY

Monday,
March 20
  • Analyze Lab 4A
  • Prep for Lab 5A
  • Amgen Lab (See Assignment Sheet)
    • WHAT DO YOU ALREADY KNOW Questions (#1-4 on pg. C37)
    • CONSIDER Questions (#1-2 on pgs. C38-C39)
    • BEFORE THE LAB Questions (#1-4 on pgs. C43-C44, the flow chart is given to you for #4)
    • Make sure you read the whole chapter carefully and the procedure

Friday,
March 17
  • Lab 4A - someone from your group needs to come during lunch or after school to take a picture of your gel
Minimum Day - 36 minute periods
Thursday,
March 16
  • Go over quiz
  • Go over Lab 2A - what did we just do?
  • Amgen Lab Overview
  • Go over plasmid components (recombinant plasmid / science background)
  • Prep for Lab 4A - go over hw questions, plasmid configurations, edit procedure, what are we expecting?
  • Amgen Lab (See Assignment Sheet)
    • BEFORE THE LAB Questions (#1-3 on pg. C29) - Make sure you read through the procedure carefully and make a detailed flow chart for #3. We only have 36 minutes tomorrow!
    • STOP AND THINK Questions (#1-3 on pg. C30 and pg. C32) - #3 research DNA staining techniques on the internet
Parent Conferences
Wednesday,
March 15
  • Amgen Lab (See Assignment Sheet)
    • Lab 2A Stop and Think (pg. C15/16)
    • Chapter 2A Questions
    • WHAT DO YOU ALREADY KNOW? Questions (#1-2 on pg. C23)
    • CONSIDER questions (#1 on pg. C26 & #2 on pg. C28)

Tuesday,
March 14
  • Analyze Lab 1.2
  • Prep for Lab 2A
  • Amgen Lab (See Assignment Sheet)
    • Chapter 1 Questions
    • Create recombinant plasmid (pARA-R) - see info to the right --------->
    • Read "Science Background" handout
    • Lab Quiz tomorrow - everything we have done up to this point
      • All of TAB A (Program Introduction and Chapter 1)
      • TAB C from pages C1-C19 (Chapter 2A)
      • Micropipette worksheet
      • Science Background handout
  • BIOZONE "Polymerase Chain Reaction" worksheet
The recombinant plasmid you are creating with paper (red and purple strips), and which is the one we are working with in the lab is called pARA-R. It is a combination of the pKAN-R plasmid (red strip of paper) with the pARA plasmid (purple strip of paper). The diagrams of these 2 plasmids are on page B12.

The resulting recombinant plasmid (pARA-R) is a combination of both plasmids (red and purple strips put together) and should match the plasmid diagram on page C12.
Monday,
March 13
  • Lab 1.2 - Part B
  • Amgen Lab (See Assignment Sheet)
    • Lab 1.2 STOP AND THINK Questions (#1-3 on pg. A29)
    • Lab 2A STOP AND THINK Question (#1 on pg. C13)
    • Lab 2A BEFORE THE LAB Questions (#1-4 on pg. C13) - not stamping unless flow chart is done
    • Read Science Background: The Components of the pARA-Plasmid
    • Possible Lab 2A Quiz

Thursday,
March 9
Friday,
March 10



Wednesday,
March 8
  • Finish Clone that Gene
  • Micropipettes
  • Lab 1.1 (LUNCH/AFTER SCHOOL)
The following are due on Monday:
  • Watch and complete worksheet: Bozeman / 035 - Viral Replication
  • Chapter 19 Viruses (Chapter 18.1, 18.2 in old textbook)
  • Biotechnology reading – finish reading and annotating
    • “Do You Understand Concept 13.1” questions on page 248
    • “Do You Understand Concept 13.2” questions on page 251
    • “Concept Check 13.4” questions on page 265
  • Amgen Lab (See Assignment Sheet for questions that are due)
    • Answer Clone that Gene Activity Questions (#1-3 on page C1)
    • Read Lab Manual - pgs. A24 - A29 - make sure you have read ALL of Tab A completely
    • Answer Lab 1.2 Before the Lab Questions (#1-2 on page A25). Make sure you draw a detailed flow chart of the procedure for #2.
    • Review the procedure for Lab 1.2 Part B carefully. We are doing that lab on Monday!!!!!
    • Complete "Laboratory 1.1: How to Use a Micropipette PRACTICE WORKSHEET"
    • Watch technique videos:
MANDATORY: Come during lunch or after school to practice pipetting into gel (~10 minutes)
Tuesday,
March 7
  • Go over DNA Fingerprint
  • Go over lab questions
    • What do you already know #3
    • Consider #3, 4
  • Clone that Gene
    • Biotechnology PowerPoint
    • Insulin
  • DNA Fingerprinting analysis questions
  • Read Lab Manual - pgs. A17 - A23
  • Label & annotate Genetic Engineering diagram - use the reading on the back to label and take notes on the diagram
  • BIOZONE Gel Electrophoresis worksheet - read and annotate, answer questions
  • (Optional Extra Credit) Watch & TAKE NOTES: Bozeman / Molecular Biology

Monday,
March 6
  • Go over practice problem
  • Genetic diversity in prokaryotes - transformation
    • First part of Biotechnology PowerPoint
  • Gel Electrophoresis - main concepts
  • DNA Fingerprinting activity - finish all 3 gels (EcoRI, HindIII, and both)
  • Read Lab Manual - pgs. C1 - C8
    • Answer What do you already know? questions and CONSIDER questions. (the next TWO rows on your assignment sheet)

Friday,
March 3
  • Share descriptions for Euk Gene Regulation
    • Practice Problems (MC & #2)
  • Genetic diversity in prokaryotes - transformation
    • First 8 slides of Biotechnology PowerPoint
  • Introduce Biotechnology & Amgen Lab
  • Eukaryotic gene expression practice problem
  • Biotechnology reading - 13.1 & 13.2 due Monday
  • Read Lab Manual - pgs. A1 - A14 (Lab Manual pdf)
    • Answer all CONSIDER questions (#1-4)

Thursday,
March 2
  • Eukaryotic Gene Regulation
    • Histone models
    • Finish PowerPoint
    • Write 1 sentence descriptions of how each point of control helps regulate gene expression
  • Write 1 sentence descriptions of how each point of control helps regulate gene expression
  • Biotechnology reading - 13.1 & 13.2 due Monday

Wednesday,
March 1
  • Go over practice problem
  • Eukaryotic Gene Regulation
    • How DNA is Packaged (review)
    • First half of PowerPoint
    • Model DNA packing with histone models
    • Prepare explanations of histone models

Tuesday,
February 28
  • Reading Quiz
  • Practice problem
  • Finish practice problem
  • Study reading on the back of coloring, "Why do cells regulate gene regulation?", and PowerPoints
  • Chapter 18.3 and 27.2 due Thursday

Monday,
February 27
  • Prokaryotic Gene Regulation - Operons
    • First half of PowerPoint
    • Gene Regulation Diagram
  • Operon Vocabulary Puzzle
  • Practice Problems?
  • Chapter 18.2 (or 19.2 in old textbook)

Friday,
February 23
  • Go over mutations
  • Gene Regulation (AKA Gene Expression) Overview
  • Gene Regulation Diagram
  • Watch & fill in worksheet: Bozeman / 031 - Gene Regulation
  • OPTIONAL - Color Gene Regulation Handout - use the same colors for the key for both sides, except Lactose Molecule (K) and Tryptophan (K)
  • Chapter 18.1 (or 18.4 in old textbook)
  • Chapter 18.2 (or 19.2 in old textbook) - due Tuesday

Thursday,
February 22
  • Protein Synthesis: Translating the Code
    Protein Synthesis Summary - Chapter 17 Study Guide
  • Mutations
  • Mutations Worksheet
  • POGIL Genetic Mutations Extension Questions #1-3
  • Chapter 18.1 (or 18.4 in old textbook) - should try to finish by tomorrow
  • Chapter 18.2 (or 19.2 in old textbook) - due Monday

Wednesday,
February 22
  • Translation - POGIL
  • Quiz
  • Watch and fill in worksheet: Bozeman / 033 - Genotypes and Phenotypes
  • Finish POGIL "Translation" - up to #19
  • Chapter 18.1 (or 18.4 in old textbook) - due Friday

Tuesday,
February 21
  • Translation - POGIL
  • Protein Synthesis: Translating the Code

Friday,
February 17
  • Transcription - POGIL
  • Quiz
  • Finish Chapter 17 - due Tuesday
  • Finish POGIL "Transcription" - up #22

Thursday,
February 16
  • Central Dogma Overview
  • Go over SNORK
  • Transcription - POGIL

Wednesday,
February 15
  • Go over Meselson and Stahl Experiment
  • DNA Replication Enzymes
  • Central Dogma Overview
  • SNORK - transcribe, translate, draw picture
  • Chapter 17.2, 17.3 due Friday
  • CER Argumentation Essay due Friday

Tuesday,
February 14
  • Meselson and Stahl Experiment - finish questions
  • Watch and fill in worksheet: Bozeman / 027 DNA & RNA (Part 2)
  • Chapter 17.1 due tomorrow
  • CER Argumentation Essay due Friday

Monday,
February 13
  • Discovery of DNA as genetic material (historical experiments) - Be a Famous Scientist - present posters
  • Who deserves for the most credit for discovering the structure of DNA?
  • Finish Chapter 16 (16.3 in digital textbook, 19.1 in 7th ed.)
  • CER Argumentation Essay due Friday
  • Chapter 17.1 due Wednesday

Friday,
February 10
  • DNA Extraction Lab

Thursday,
February 9
  • Watch and fill on worksheet: Bozeman / 027 - DNA & RNA (Part 1)
  • Be a Famous Scientist poster due tomorrow
  • Chapter 16.2 due tomorrow
Open House tonight
Wednesday,
February 8
  • Genetic Recombination/Mapping Quiz
  • Discovery of DNA
  • Be a Famous Scientist poster due Friday
  • Chapter 16.2 due Friday

Tuesday,
February 7
  • Cell Division Quiz
  • Genetic Recombination/Gene Mapping Practice
  • Genetic Recombination/Mapping Quiz tomorrow
  • Use Chapter 16.1 to fill in worksheet (chart of scientists)
  • Chapter 16.2 due Friday

Monday,
February 6
  • Go over exam/lab
  • Gene Mapping
  • Finish Chromosome Map Practice Problems (#1-3)
  • Cell Division Lab Quiz tomorrow - picking 5 questions from lab with possible diagram
  • Genetic Recombination/Mapping Quiz on Wednesday
  • Chapter 16.2 due Friday
Test corrections by Monday, February 13 - Grades are due Wednesday, February 8
Friday,
February 3
Unit 5 Exam - MC
  • Chapter 16.1 due Monday

Thursday, February 2
Unit 5 Exam - FR
STUDY
Unit Assignments due tomorrow
Chapter 16.1 due Monday

Wednesday,
February 1
  • Linked genes and chi-square analysis
STUDY
KEYS to Practice Problems:
page 1
page 2
page 3
page 4 (codominance)
Tuesday,
January 31
STUDY

Monday,
January 30
  • Quiz
  • Pedigrees - (Page 4)
  • Chapter 15 due tomorrow

Friday,
January 27
  • Post answers to HW
  • Go over Chi-Square Practice Problem
  • Other types of inheritance
    • Sex-linked traits
  • Quiz Monday
  • Chapter 15 Questions #8-22 due Monday (15.2 and 15.3 are switched on the study guide compared to the textbook) --> sex-linked traits and linked genes
  • Rest of Chapter 15 due on Tuesday
Unit exam next week
Thursday,
January 26
  • Post answers to HW
  • Go over Chi-Square Practice Problem
  • Other types of inheritance (Page 2)
    • Incomplete dominance
    • Codominance/multiple alleles
  • Finish Chi-Square practice problem we did in class
  • Genetics Practice 2: Beyond the Basics - #1-8
  • Chapter 15.1 due tomorrow
  • Chapter 15 Questions #8-22 due Monday (15.2 and 15.3 are switched on the study guide compared to the textbook)

Wednesday,
January 25
  • Dihybrid Practice Problem
  • Chi-Square Practice Problem
  • Chi-Square practice problem we did in class - determine whether to accept or reject hypothesis
  • Genetics Practice 3: Probability Practice
  • Chapter 15.1 due Friday

Tuesday,
January 24
  • Mendel's Laws
  • Dihybrid Crosses
  • Watch and fill in worksheet: Bozeman / 030 - Advanced Genetics
  • Chapter 14.4 due tomorrow
  • Genetics Practice 1: Basic Mendelian Genetics - check #5
  • Chapter 15.1 due Friday

Monday,
January 23
  • Turn in lab, go over double bubbles
  • Genetics Vocabulary paragraph, Chapter 14.1-14.2 Notes, practice problems
  • Chapter 14.3 due tomorrow
  • Genetics Practice 1: Basic Mendelian Genetics (#1-6 - for #5 & #6 use the example on the notes to help if needed)
  • Chapter 14.4 due Wednesday
  • Chapter 15.1 due Friday

Friday,
January 20
  • Go over quiz
  • Finish Part 4, go over lab
  • Mitosis vs. Meiosis Double Bubble
  • Cell Division Lab due Monday (all questions answered, diagrams accurate)
  • Genetics Vocabulary Paragraph
  • Watch and fill in worksheet: Bozeman / 029 - Mendelian Genetics
    • There are MANY, MANY other Bozeman videos that go over Punnett squares and genetics.
  • Chapter 14.3 due Tuesday
AP Readiness tomorrow!
Thursday,
January 19
  • Reading Quiz
  • Cell Division Lab - Part 4: Modelling Meiosis
  • Chapter 14.1-14.2 due tomorrow
  • Chapter 14.3 due Tuesday

Wednesday,
January 18
  • Cell Division Lab - Part 1: Modelling Mitosis
  • Fill in Meiosis PowerPoint/pdf
    • Conferences
  • Finish drawing mitosis diagram (if you didn't finish in class)
  • Finish filling in Meiosis PowerPoint/pdf
    • Reading quiz tomorrow on Chapters 12 and 13 - STUDY
  • Chapter 14.1-14.2 due Friday

Tuesday,
January 17
  • Chapter 13.3-13.4 due Wednesday
  • Chapter 14.1-14.2 due Friday
  • Cell Division Lab - Part 1 Questions (#1-4)

Friday,
January 13
  • Chapter 13.1-13.2 due Tuesday
  • Chapter 13.3-13.4 due Wednesday
  • Chapter 14.1-14.2 due Friday
  • Read and annotate Cell Division Lab Introduction
    • Answer Getting Started Questions #1-8

Thursday,
January 12
  • Regulating mitosis - why is it important?
  • Cell Cycle Regulation POGIL - go over answers
  • Fill in Regulation of Cell Division PowerPoint/pdf
    • Answer question: How are the concepts of chapter 12 related to Henrietta Lacks and her cells?
  • Conferences
  • Finish filling in PowerPoint - possible quiz tomorrow
  • Watch & complete worksheet: Bozeman / 028 - Cell Cycle, Mitosis and Meiosis
  • Answer question on index card: How are the concepts of chapter 12 related to Henrietta Lacks and her cells?
  • Chapter 13.1-13.2 due Monday

Wednesday,
January 11
  • Mitosis Essay
  • Score essays with rubric
  • Chapter 12 Overview - How are the concepts of chapter 12 related to Henrietta Lacks and her cells?
    • What is more important – an individual’s right to his/her own body tissues or the medical knowledge gained by studying a patient’s tissues?
    • HeLa Video (TedEd)

Tuesday,
January 10
  • POGIL "Cell Cycle Regulation"
  • Mitosis Essay Question tomorrow
  • Finish POGIL packet (skip #22-22 for now)

Monday,
January 9
  • Stamp Winter Break HW
  • Fall Reflection for individual conferences
  • Chromosome Notes
  • Chapter 12 Overview - How are the concepts of chapter 12 related to Henrietta Lacks and her cells?
Miracle Woman Questions:
  1. How was the HeLa cell line cultured?
  2. What virus infected Henrietta Lacks and may have caused her cervical cancer? What cellular process is affected by this virus?
  3. Should tissue be removed from a patient without his or her consent for research?
  4. Was there bias in the way Henrietta Lacks was treated at Johns Hopkins?
  5. Should Henrietta Lacks’ family be compensated for the discoveries made using her cells?
  6. What is more important – an individual’s right to his/her own body tissues or the medical knowledge gained by studying a patient’s tissues?
  7. Do companies or universities have the right to patent discoveries made using a patient’s tissues or genes without consulting the patient?
  8. What other legal and/or ethical questions are raised in this book? Give at least 2.
WINTER BREAK

Friday,
December 16
  • FINAL EXAM
Winter Break Assignment:

Tuesday,
December 13
  • Cell Communication
  • Review
  • STUDY
  • All assignments due on Friday
Resources for final:

Unit 1 Essential Knowledge (Water, Macromolecules)
Unit 2 Essential Knowledge
(Organelles, Cell Membrane, Diffusion/Osmosis)
Unit 3 Essential Knowledge
(Energy, Enzymes, Cell Respiration, Photosynthesis)
Unit 4 Essential Knowledge
(Cell Communication)

Final Exam Study Guide (Practice Questions) KEY
Monday,
December 12
  • STUDY
  • All assignments due on Friday
Review session today after school and Thursday after school
Friday,
December 9
Read Concept 5.6 (Cell communication/cell signaling)
Watch cell communication/signaling videos:

Thursday,
December 8
  • STUDY FOR FINAL

Wednesday,
December 7
  • Answer ALL questions on photosynthesis notes handout - use separate piece of paper if necessary.
  • STUDY FOR FINAL

Tuesday,
December 6
  • Go over double bubbles
Concept 6.5 - 6.6 - due Wednesday
  • Read and annotate
  • Answer "Do You Understand Concept 6.5?" questions (the questions for 6.6 are cut off)

Monday,
December 5
  • Case Study (Part 4)
  • Fermentation Notes
  • Double Bubble Maps (Alcohol Fermentation vs. Lactic Acid Fermentation, Anaerobic Respiration vs. Aerobic Respiration)
  • Finish Case Study (Part 4)
  • Finish double bubble maps
  • POGIL - Fermentation (#15-18 is HW, #19-21 is extra credit)
  • Concept 6.5 - 6.6 - due Wednesday
    • Read and annotate
    • Answer "Do You Understand Concept 6.5?" questions (the questions for 6.6 are cut off)

Friday,
December 2
  • Work on one of the following:
    • Case Study - answer all questions (thoroughly!)
    • Cell Respiration Virtual Lab
    • Concept 6.5 - 6.6
      • Read and annotate
      • Answer "Do You Understand Concept ___?" questions
  • Due Monday:
    • Case Study - answer all questions (thoroughly!)
    • Cell Respiration Virtual Lab
  • Due Tuesday:
    • Concept 6.5 - 6.6
      • Read and annotate
      • Answer "Do You Understand Concept 6.5?" questions (the questions for 6.6 are cut off)

Thursday,
December 1
  • Cell Respiration - fill in chart (20 minutes)
  • Case Study (Part 2-3)
  • Due Monday:
    • Case Study - answer all questions (thoroughly!)
    • Cell Respiration Virtual Lab
  • Due Tuesday:
    • Concept 6.5 - 6.6
      • Read and annotate
      • Answer "Do You Understand Concept ___?" questions

Wednesday,
November 30
  • Case Study: Mystery of the 7 Deaths (Part 1) - read and answer questions
  • Worksheet Review: Anaerobic and Aerobic Glycolysis - due tomorrow
    Worksheet Review: Aerobic Respiration - due tomorrow
  • Cell Respiration Virtual Lab - due Monday

Tuesday,
November 29
  • Reading Quiz retake
  • Cell Respiration Overview (2)
  • Worksheet Review: Anaerobic and Aerobic Glycolysis - due Thursday
  • Worksheet Review: Aerobic Respiration - due Thursday

Monday,
November 28
  • Reading Quiz (6.1)
  • Cell Respiration Overview (1)

Friday, November 18

Thursday,
November 17
  • Chapter 8 - Metabolism (#13-15)
  • Read Enzyme PowerPoint using laptops. Answer questions as you go along on a separate sheet of paper.
  • BIOZONE "Enzymes", "How Enzymes Work", "Enzyme Reaction Rates"

Wednesday,
November 16
  • Post key for POGIL "ATP"
  • Chapter 8 - Metabolism (#10-13)
  • Watch and complete worksheet: Bozeman / 048 - Enzymes
  • Watch and complete worksheet: Bozeman / 048 - Enzymes
  • Chapter 8.4 due tomorrow

Tuesday,
November 15
  • Finish POGIL "ATP"
  • Chapter 8.4 due Thursday

Monday,
November 14
  • Reading Quiz
  • Go over exam
  • Chapter 8 - Metabolism (#1-9)

Thursday, November 10
  • Turn in labs
  • Go over exam - MC test corrections
  • Chapter 8.1-8.3 due Monday
Test Corrections due Friday, 11/18
Wednesday,
November 9
Unit 2 Exam - Free Response
  • Diffusion and Osmosis Lab due tomorrow
    • All parts of the lab needs to be completed, except for EXERCISE 1E you can skip the Procedure questions on page 17 (#1-3), however, you do need to answer the Analysis of Results questions on page 18 using the experimental set-up described.

Tuesday,
November 8
Unit 2 Exam - Multiple Choice

Monday,
November 7
  • Warm-Up - Water Potential Practice Problem
  • Practice Problems
  • Active Transport and Bulk Transport - finish powerpoint
  • Study
  • Unit 2 Assignments due on Wednesday

Friday,
November 4
  • EXERCISE 1C - determine the molarity of potato cells
  • Water Potential - introduction/practice problems
  • Water Potential Practice Problems
  • STUDY! - practice problems in back of packet
  • Read "Fun with Water Potential!" and attempt water potential practice problems in packet
  • Suggestion: EXERCISE 1D - do pages 13-16 (good practice for exam, and I can check your answers on Monday)
Diffusion and Osmosis Lab due Thursday 11/10
AP Readiness tomorrow!
Thursday,
November 3
  • EXERCISE 1C - collect data/clean-up/class data
  • Water Potential - introduction/practice problems
  • EXERCISE 1C - graph individual and class data (Red was 0.0M sucrose, Pink was 1.0M sucrose)
  • Read and annotate EXERCISE 1C Introduction (pg. 8 - 10)
Unit 2 Exam Tuesday/Wednesday
Unit 2 Assignments due Wednesday
Wednesday,
November 2
  • EXERCISE 1C - set-up
  • Go over EXERCISE 1B Analysis graph and questions
  • Water Potential
  • EXERCISE 1B Graph and Analysis (pg. 6 - 8) due tomorrow

Tuesday,
November 1
  • Go over EXERCISE 1B
    • Collect class data (Table 1.3)
  • Prepare for EXERCISE 1C
    • Go over pre-lab questions
  • Table 1.3 - Calculate class averages
  • EXERCISE 1B Analysis (pg. 5 - 8) - due Thursday

Monday,
October 31
  • EXERCISE 1B
  • Go over pre-lab questions
  • Table 1.2 - Calculate % change in mass
  • Read and annotate the procedure only for EXERCISE 1C (pg. 10)
  • EXERCISE 1C Pre-Lab Questions (#1-3)

Friday,
October 28
  • Go over EXERCISE 1A
  • Prepare for EXERCISE 1B
  • Microscopes
  • EXERCISE 1A Analysis of Results - due Monday
  • Read and annotate EXERCISE 1B Introduction and Procedure (pg. 4 - 5)
  • Answer EXERCISE 1B Pre-Lab Questions (#1-4) - due Monday (these questions can be found on the very last page of your lab packet)

Thursday,
October 27
  • EXERCISE 1A - class demo
  • Practice Problems
  • EXERCISE 1A Analysis of Results - due Monday
  • Read and annotate EXERCISE 1B Introduction and Procedure (pg. 4 - 5)
  • Answer EXERCISE 1B Pre-Lab Questions (#1-4) - due Monday (these questions can be found on the very last page of your lab packet)
  • Watch & fill in worksheet:
  • Pre-Lab Quiz tomorrow
Lab Groups

Group 1:
L Evelin
M Melissa M.
D Karina
S Chris

Group 2:
L Andy
M Stacy
D Melissa V.
S Monica
S Ashley

Group 3:
L Stephanie
M Jesse
D Yohana
S Sindy
S Ana

Group 4:
L Jasmin
M Kevin
D Alyssa
S Irlanda

Group 5:
L Ingrid
M Johana
D Geri
S Deon
S Katherine
Wednesday,
October 26
  • Finish Transport across membranes - Diffusion/Osmosis
  • Practice Problems
  • Read and annotate Introduction (pg. 1) and EXERCISE 1A Introduction and Procedure (pg. 2)
  • Draw experimental set up for EXERCISE 1A in the margins of pg.2
  • Watch & fill in worksheet:

Tuesday,
October 25
  • Go over quiz/practice problem
  • Transport across membranes - Diffusion/Osmosis (Chapter 7.3, 7.4, 7.5)

Monday,
October 24
  • Reading quiz
  • Factors that affect membrane fluidity
  • Practice problem
  • Finish practice problem
  • Finish Chapter 7 - due tomorrow

Friday,
October 21
Substitute :(
  • Coloring: "Passive Transport" and "Active Transport and Endocytosis"
    • Label diagrams and annotate using the reading
  • BIOZONE worksheet: "Passive Transport Process"
    • Read and annotate.
    • Answer questions #1-11
  • Chapter 7.2, 7.3 due Monday
  • Annotated coloring and BIOZONE worksheet due Monday
  • Chapter 7 due Tuesday
Minimum Day - 36 minute periods
Thursday,
October 20
Earthquake Drill :(
  • Fill in PowerPoint (first two pages - 16 slides)
  • Chapter 7.2, 7.3 due Monday
  • Annotated coloring and BIOZONE worksheet due Monday
  • Chapter 7 due Tuesday
Parent Conference Night
Wednesday,
October 19
Field Trips :(
  • Lipase practice problem
  • Chapter 7.1 due tomorrow
  • Chapter 7.2, 7.3 due Monday
PSAT - short periods (25 min)
Tuesday,
October 18
  • Complete practice problem - "Eukaryotic cells have a nucleus and membrane-bound compartments"
  • Watch & fill in worksheet: Bozeman / 015 - Cell Membranes
  • Chapter 7.1 due Thursday
  • Chapter 7.2 due Friday

Monday,
October 17
  • Share posters with group
  • Go over internal membranes/compartmentalization problem - did not do
  • Practice problems
    • Cyanobacteria
  • "The Cell Membrane" Coloring - label and annotate the diagram
  • "The Structure of Membranes" Biozone Worksheet - read and annotate, answer questions
  • Quiz tomorrow

Friday, October 14
  • Work on essential functions of cells posters- ask the substitute for white paper
    • Sit with students who have the same function as you. If you were absent, join a group that has fewer students. Each topic should have a maximum of 6 students in the class assigned to it.
  • Use the textbook sections written on the board (page numbers are based on the 7th edition textbook, not the digital textbook).
  • Additional resources - HIGHLY recommended:
  • I left the substitute a few sample posters. Do not copy them - they are just examples so you can get an idea of what the final product should look like.
  • Posters due Monday
  • Chapter 6 due Monday
AP Readiness tomorrow!
Thursday, October 13
  • Chapter 6.5-6.7 due Monday
  • Mini-Posters due on Monday
Recommended Resources:
Pep Rally schedule - 49 minute periods
Tuesday, October 11
  • Bozeman / 017 - Compartmentalization
    • Internal membranes & membrane-bound organelles - SA Question [How do internal membranes and membrane-bound organelles contribute to cell functions?](write out answer)
    • Why would living organisms want to maximize the surface area of a cell?
  • Endosymbiotic Theory
  • Chapter 6.4
  • Watch & complete worksheet: Bozeman / 043 - Cellular Organelles
  • Answer the following question in 3-4 sentences: How do internal membranes and membrane-bound organelles contribute to cell functions?
  • Summarize the Endosymbiotic Theory using the video and diagram in 2-3 sentences.
Note: I got an email from AP Readiness and they didn't give us a bus again. I think it may be because not enough students registered online from West Adams. If you have not registered online, please register ASAP!
Monday,
October 10
  • Cell Size Lab - go over, summary, any questions?
  • Unit 2 Overview - Cell Overview Notes
    • Prokaryotic vs. Eukaryotic
    • Bozeman / 017 - Compartmentalization
    • Internal membranes & membrane-bound organelles - SA Question [How do internal membranes and membrane-bound organelles contribute to cell functions?](write out answer)
    • Why would living organisms want to maximize the surface area of a cell?
  • Cell Size Lab due tomorrow
  • Chapter 6.3

Friday,
October 7
  • No catalyst
  • Cell Size Lab
    • Go over pre-lab questions
    • Hypothesis - set up sentence frame
    • Procedure (read over but skip flow chart)
    • Lab - complete Data Table on handout, but sketch cube cross-sections (to scale) in lab notebooks
  • Cell Size Lab due Tuesday (start working on it over the weekend so if you have any questions you can ask on Monday)
  • Watch & take notes - Bozeman / Why are Cells Small
    • Helpful for Cell Size Lab discussion questions and conclusion
  • Chapter 6.3 due Tuesday

Thursday,
October 6
  • Practice calculating SA/V ratios
  • Cell Size Lab - introduction, objectives
  • Finish Biozone - Cell Size Worksheet
Cell Size Lab -
  • Pre-Lab Questions - you may need to do some research for some of the questions!
Finish Biozone worksheet (finish #5 and #6)

Wednesday,
October 5
  • Biozone - Cell Size Worksheet (up to #4 only)
  • Bring lab notebooks tomorrow

Tuesday,
October 4
  • Go over exam
  • Prokaryotic, Animal, and Plant Cell coloring and readings
    • Label the diagrams and annotate the diagrams with the information from the readings
    • Coloring is optional
Unit 1 Test Corrections due Tuesday, 10/11 LUNCH (Grades are due on Thursday, 10.13)
Friday,
September 30
Unit 1 Exam - Multiple Choice
  • Chapter 6.1 and 6.2 due Tuesday

Thursday,
September 29
Unit 1 Exam - Free Response
Unit 1 Assignments due tomorrow

Wednesday,
September 28
  • Review Session/Practice Problems
    • Practicing Biology
    • POGIL - extension questions
    • Unit 1 Top Ten
Study Tips:
1. Review the study sheet ("Top 10" and Essential Knowledge) - make sure you are able to define all the vocabulary
2. PowerPoint Lectures - review powerpoints and the objectives for each topic (links to files are in the Unit 1 Biochemistry page)
3. Bozeman videos - links are under Unit 1 Biochemistry page

Another study tip is to look at the Chapter Summaries at the end of each chapter in the textbook. They sum up all the main ideas! (especially the chart on the last page of the Chapter 5 Study Guide)


KEY for Water Practice Problems pg 1 / pg 2
KEY for Concept Map

Tuesday,
September 27
  • Post Concept Map answers
  • Chapter 5.5 (Nucleic Acids)
Study!

Monday,
September 26
  • Complete concept map and water practice problems

Unit 1 Exam Thursday/Friday

Friday,
September 23
  • Chapter 5.4 (Proteins)
    • Protein primary structure paper model
    • Protein structure models
  • Nucleic Acid model - color in
    • Phosphate - RED
    • Sugar - BLUE
    • A - YELLOW
    • T - GREEN
    • C - ORANGE
    • G - PURPLE
    • U - BROWN
  • Chapter 5.5 due Monday
  • Unit 1 Exam next week

Thursday,
September 22
  • Reading Quiz
  • Chapter 5.4 (Proteins)
  • Amino Acid Poster Gallery Walk
    • Objective: to become familiar with properties of the functional groups and how those properties affect protein structure (the way proteins are folded).
  • Chapter 5.5 due Monday
  • Unit 1 Exam next week

Wednesday,
September 21
  • Finish Chapter 5.3 (Lipids)
  • Amino Acid Poster Gallery Walk
    • Objective: to become familiar with properties of the functional groups and how those properties affect protein structure (the way proteins are folded).
  • All of Chapter 5.4 due tomorrow

Tuesday,
September 20
  • Finish models
  • Chapter 5.3 (Lipids)
  • Amino Acid Projects due tomorrow
  • All of Chapter 5.4 due Thursday (possible reading quiz)

Monday,
September 19
  • Lipid models
  • Chapter 5.3 (Lipids)
  • Chapter 5.4 due Tuesday (possible reading quiz) - Up to #44 on the study guide, the rest of 5.4 is due Thursday
  • Amino Acid Projects - due Wednesday, September 21

Friday,
September 16
  • Chapter 5.2 (Carbohydrates)
  • Lipid models
  • Chapter 5.4 due Tuesday (possible reading quiz)
  • Amino Acid Projects - due Wednesday, September 21
Minimum Day
AP Readiness tomorrow!
Thursday,
September 15
  • Chapter 5.3 due tomorrow (possible reading quiz)
  • Amino Acid Projects - due Wednesday, September 21
Back to School Night
Wednesday,
September 14
  • Amino Acid Project - directions and AA assignments (Figure 5.17, page 79)
  • Chapter 4: Chemistry of Carbon
    • Functional Groups
    • Properties of Carbon
Amino Acid posters due Week 6
Tuesday,
September 13
  • Functional Group Quiz
  • Finish Water Presentations
  • Chapter 3 PowerPoint Objectives
  • Chapter 5.2 due tomorrow

Monday, September 12
  • Water Presentations
  • Functional Group Quiz tomorrow -
    • Be able to name each group (hydroxyl, carbonyl, carboxyl, etc.) based on the structure, give properties
  • Read and fill in PowerPoint for Chapter 3 (second half of PowerPoint) ppt / pdf
  • Chapter 5.2 due Wednesday
Amino Acid posters due Week 6
Friday,
September 9
  • Water Demos
    • Prepare presentations
  • Water Presentations on Monday
  • Flash cards for each functional group. Front of Card - Structure. Back of Card - Include:
    • Chemical Group
    • Name
    • Example
    • Functional properties (simplify in your own words)
  • Watch and complete worksheet: Bozeman / 042 - Biological Molecules
  • Chapter 5.1 due Monday
  • Chapter 5.2 due Wednesday

Thursday,
September 8
  • Chapter 4 due tomorrow - possible reading quiz

Wednesday,
September 7
  • Re-read section on your assigned property of water. You should be able to define it and explain why that property of water is important to living organisms.
  1. Cohesion/Adhesion, Surface Tension
  2. High Specific Heat
  3. Density (Ice Floats)
  4. Universal Solvent
  5. pH
  6. High Heat of Vaporization
  • Other sources for information: Yesterday's Bozeman video, the coloring worksheet, Google
  • Chapter 4 due Friday
Unit 0 Quiz retake - by Friday after school
Tuesday,
September 6
  • Unit 0 Quiz

Thursday,
September 1
  • Go over answer for Bozeman practice problem
  • What does it mean for our lab?
  • Chi-Square practice
  • Independent/dependent variable practice
  • Pillbug Lab due Tuesday - rewatch Bozeman video and read M&M handout carefully to determine what your X2 value means
  • Unit 0 Quiz Tuesday
  • Chapter 3 due Tuesday
  • Unit 0 Assignments due Wednesday

Wednesday,
August 31
  • Finish Chi Square Test with M&Ms
  • Bozeman Practice Problem
  • Set-up Chi Square for Pillbug Lab
  • Due TOMORROW:
    • Finish M&M worksheet
    • Calculate X2 value for the Bozeman practice problem we started in class AND for your lab data (use your averages as your "Expected" values)
    • Analyzing Data worksheet (front and back)
  • Pillbug Lab due Tuesday - rewatch Bozeman video and read M&M handout carefully to determine what your X2 value means
  • Unit 0 Quiz Tuesday
  • Chapter 3 due Tuesday

Tuesday,
August 30
  • Chi Square Test with M&Ms
  • Unit 0 Quiz Tuesday
  • Chapter 3 due Tuesday

Monday,
August 29
  • Data Analysis
    • Check graphs & compare averages
    • Collect class data
  • What does our data mean?
  • Bring pack of M&Ms
  • Recalculate your averages - they need to add up to 10!!!!!
  • Watch and complete worksheet: Bozeman / Chi-squared Test
    • You can skip the practice problem
  • Unit 0 Quiz Thursday
  • Chapter 3 due Thursday

Friday,
August 26
  • Pillbug Lab - Part 2
    • Run lab
    • Set-up graph
  • Graph Data - remember all the necessary components of a graph
  • Calculate average number of pillbugs in each chamber (the average in chamber 1 + average in chamber 2 should equal 10)
  • Bring pack of M&Ms Monday
  • Look at Monday's homework to manage your time & upcoming assignments
Sign up for AP Readiness - link at top of page
Thursday,
August 25
  • Pillbug Lab - Part 1 (Observations)
  • Determine with your group what you want to test for Part 2 (Question, Variables, Hypothesis, Procedure, Data Table)
  • Isopod Sheds Skin
  • Prepare for Part 2 of lab (have everything completed up to the data table set-up)
    • Question
    • Identifying the variables
    • Hypothesis
    • Procedure (flow chart format or draw an annotated diagram of the experimental set-up)
    • Data table (very important!!!! - follow the example, up to at least 10 minutes)
  • Bring materials needed for experiment
  • Chapter 2 due tomorrow

Wednesday,
August 24
  • Go over Designing a Controlled Experiment
    • #6 and sketch graphs
    • #11
    • Practice problems at end
  • Pillbug Lab Introduction
    • Lab notebooks
    • Lab group roles
  • Answer Pre-Lab Questions
  • Read and annotate lab introduction
  • Chapter 2 due on Friday

Tuesday,
August 23
  • Graph Gallery Walk
    • 1 star and 1 wish
  • Designing a Controlled Experiment
    • #6 and sketch graphs
    • #11
    • (Independent/dependent variable practice)
  • Finish Designing a Controlled Experiment - entire packet, make note of any questions you want to go over
  • Watch and complete worksheet: Bozeman / AP Bio Lab 11 - Animal Behavior
  • Chapter 2 due on Friday
Look for pillbugs! (This handout has tips on how to keep pillbugs alive: Pillbug Care)
Monday,
August 22
  • Go over Ecology Quiz
    • Highlight unknown vocabulary in questions - any patterns? Scientific or non-scientific?
    • Highlight command terms in free response
  • Finish Graphing Team Challenge
    • Observations
  • Don't forget to continue working on Chapters 2-3
  • Look for pillbugs! (This handout has tips on how to keep pillbugs alive: Pillbug Care)

Friday,
August 19
  • Look for pillbugs - keep them alive with a wet paper towel and they pretty much can eat anything
  • Designing a Controlled Experiment
    • Read and annotate up to STEP 9
    • Answer questions #1-12 but skip #6 and #11
  • Chapter 2-3 due next Friday

Thursday,
August 18
  • Turn in Chapter 1 study guide & student survey
  • Go over diagnostic test
  • AP Biology Syllabus
  • Go over graphing packets
    • Scatterplot - redo
  • Get syllabus signed
  • Get materials by Monday
  • Re-graph the scatterplot graph in the graphing packet (13-Drawing Scatter Graphs). Include all the necessary components of a good graph!
  • Ecology HW and Quiz tomorrow

Wednesday,
August 17
  • Biology diagnostic test
  • Turn in Chapter 1 study guide tomorrow
  • Student Survey
  • Ecology HW and Quiz will be Friday (make sure you finish your HW and study)
Start reading Chapter 2
Start looking for pillbugs!
Tuesday,
August 16
  • Turn in summer assignment - The Scientific Method and Data Analysis packets
  • Big Idea Overviews/Posters
  • Study Biology Review Sheet and Chapter 1 Study Guide for tomorrow's diagnostic test
  • Ecology Quiz on Friday or Monday



Summer Assignment


Use the following links to download documents from the summer assignment packet. The scientific method, data analysis, and ecology coloring packets are not available for printing. If you need these packets, please e-mail me.

AP Biology Expectations and Summer Assignment

Biology Review

Chapter 1 Study Guide


Ecology Bozeman Videos
Bozeman / 020 - Biotic and Abiotic Factors (take notes on separate piece of paper)
Bozeman / 047 - Ecosystems (worksheet)
Bozeman / 046 - Communities (worksheet)
Bozeman / 050 - Populations (worksheet)
Bozeman / 051 - Ecosystem Changes (worksheet)
Bozeman / 022 - Homeostatic Disruptions (worksheet)
Bozeman / 055 - Biodiversity (worksheet)


Answers to some of your questions for me and about AP Biology:


1. How did you get started teaching biology? Was being in the biology department what you wanted?
When I decided I wanted to be a teacher, I was torn between teaching elementary school or high school. At the time, I really liked little kids (I don't really like them anymore...lol) so I wanted to do elementary, but since I majored in biology in college, I felt like it would be a waste of my education. Therefore, I decided to apply for a secondary program and teach high school. When I first started at West Adams, I actually only taught Health, but I've gone back and forth between Health and Biology since then. I really like teaching Biology but I also LOVE teaching Health!

2. What do you find interesting about biology?
To me, the most interesting thing about biology was discovering how complex life is. Especially the human body. I like learning about diseases and conditions that affect the human body. My college major focused on microbiology so I learned a lot about how bacteria/viruses/parasites attack cells and the body. Learning about all these details make me feel in awe about how complex humans are and how 100,000,000,000,000 cells work together to keep us alive.

3. Will AP Biology be similar to a regular biology class? How related will AP Biology be to previous science courses?
I describe AP Biology as "regular biology on steroids." Everything you learn in regular biology is covered in AP Biology but in incredible more detail. In addition, it does include a little chemistry (acids/bases, bonding, chemical structures, and physical properties of molecules). AP Biology is more challenging than regular biology and requires more time and commitment because it is equivalent to a college course. Previous students have all said that AP Biology is one of the most challenging classes they have ever taken but if you are committed to working hard, you will pass. However, many students are shocked that their normal studying habits do not cut it in this class. We will learn together how to strengthen your critical thinking and study skills so that you can be successful this year.

4. Is this a class you need to take if you want to find a career in the medical field?
YES! YES x 100! If you want to do anything medicine related, it is absolutely necessary to take AP Biology. AP Bio is like the first year biology course at a college (we use the same textbook used at many universities). If you pass the AP Exam, some schools will allow you to skip that first year of biology. If you want to be a doctor, nurse, dentist, pharmacist, pathologist, forensic scientist, veterinarian, etc. you will be taking biology courses throughout all of college. Any science major, life science or physical science, usually has to take that first year of biology. Even if you do not pass the AP Exam, having the exposure to the material will be very beneficial for your college experience.

5. Is there going to be a lot of math involved in AP Biology?
Yes, there is math involved in AP Biology. Luckily, it's not THAT much, and you are given an equation sheet and able to use a 4-function calculator on the AP Exam. I personally really dislike math, but the math in AP Biology is doable. Most of the math is algebra level but there will be new statistical analysis equations that we will learn, but we practice a lot.

6. Will we be working in teams more or individually?
Both. Most homework assignments and some projects are done individually, but I will set up mandatory study groups so that you can support each other with assignments and preparing for exams. Labs are all done in groups. I encourage all students to work together and help each other out! As long as you aren't cheating, of course ;) .

7. Will there be a lot of labs? What kind of labs will we be doing?
There are 13 official AP Biology Labs. We do (or do a version of) about 10 out of those 13 labs. We have to do simpler variations of some of the labs because of a lack of supplies, but during spring semester, we will perform a major biotechnology lab using live bacteria and current molecular biology tools that are used at biotech companies. In that lab, you will be inserting DNA from a sea anemone into E. coli bacteria, which will cause the E. coli to produce a pink protein. Essentially, you will be making pink E. coli! You will be using the same technique that scientists use to make insulin for diabetes patients.

8. Will we be learning about how the brain functions?
Yes, there is a unit on physiology and the nervous system is one of the major organ systems that is covered. Depending on time, we may learn about the brain during that unit. However, many interesting topics about the brain (for example, how drugs affect the brain or depression) are woven throughout the course in other units, such as the unit about cell communication (how cells send signals to each other - which is usually majorly disrupted with drugs).

9. Will we do any dissections or have any field trips?
We can do both after the AP Exam :) .

10. Will we see real DNA of humans or animals?
DNA is hard to see with the naked eye, and even under a microscope, but as mentioned earlier, you will be doing a lab where you will manipulate the DNA of E. coli (genetic engineering).
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