Welcome to AP Biology 2017-2018!


It is highly recommended that all students 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.
Dates:
APR STEM – September 9, October 7, November 4, December 2, 2017, January 20, February 10 , March 10 & April 21, 2018
APR HUMANITIES – September 30, October 28, November 18, 2017, January 13, February 3 , March 3, April 7 & April 28, 2018

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




Driving Question: What are the building blocks of life? What are our cells made of?

Monday,
September 25
  • Protein Structure


Friday,
September 22
  • 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).

  • Protein Structure
  • Complete macromolecule chart (in worksheet packet) using Pattern Matching activity or textbook
  • Start studying for exam (Chapters 2-5)
    • Barron's Study Guide
    • Biochemistry PowerPoints (on the Unit 1 page)

Wednesday,
September 20
  • Pattern Matching - Parts 5, 6
  • Chapter 5.5 due Friday
  • Pattern Matching due Friday (Parts 1-6)
  • Amino Acid Project due FRIDAY
Unit 1 Exam next week
Tuesday,
September 19
  • Pattern Matching - Parts 3, 4
  • Amino Acid Project due FRIDAY
  • Chapter 5.5 due Friday
  • Finish Parts 3 and 4

Monday,
September 18
  • Pattern Matching - Parts 2
  • Make sure you have finished Part 2 COMPLETELY
  • Chapter 5.5 due Friday
Amino Acid Project - due date: Wednesday, 9/20
Helpful website - The Chemistry of Amino Acids
Friday,
September 15
  • Pattern Matching - Part 1
  • Chapter 5.3 and 5.4 due Monday
Amino Acid Project - due date: Wednesday, 9/20
Helpful website - The Chemistry of Amino Acids
Thursday,
September 14
  • Functional Group Quiz
  • Finish Chapter 4
  • Michael Phelp's Diet
  • Chapter 5.1 (Polymers/Monomers)
    • Carbohydrate models
Amino Acid Project - tentative due date: Wednesday, 9/20
Helpful website - The Chemistry of Amino Acids
Wednesday,
September 13
  • Chapter 4: Chemistry of Carbon
    • Functional Groups
    • Properties of Carbon
  • Functional Group Quiz Thursday-
    • Be able to name each group (hydroxyl, carbonyl, carboxyl, etc.) based on the structure, give properties
  • Chapter 5.2 due tomorrow
  • Chapter 5.3 and 5.4 due Monday
Amino Acid Project - tentative due date: Wednesday, 9/20
Helpful website - The Chemistry of Amino Acids
Tuesday,
September 12
  • Finish presentations
  • Amino Acid Project - directions and AA assignments (Figure 5.17, page 79)
  • Functional Group Quiz Wednesday Thursday-
    • Be able to name each group (hydroxyl, carbonyl, carboxyl, etc.) based on the structure, give properties
  • Chapter 5.1 due tomorrow, Chapter 5.2 due Thursday
  • Possible quiz tomorrow
Amino Acid Project - tentative due date: Wednesday, 9/20
Helpful website - The Chemistry of Amino Acids
Monday,
September 11
  • 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)
  • Functional Group Quiz Wednesday Thursday-
    • Be able to name each group (hydroxyl, carbonyl, carboxyl, etc.) based on the structure, give properties
  • Chapter 5.1 due Wednesday, Chapter 5.2 due Thursday

Friday,
September 8
  • Finish Case Study Parts 1 & 2
  • Water demos + prepare presentations
  • Finish Case Study Parts 1 & 2 - You should have for each molecule:
    • Atomic weight calculated
    • Molecular structure diagram
    • Identify whether polar or nonpolar
  • Properties of Water presentations
    • Guidelines
    • If you do it digitally, e-mail or share PowerPoint with me BEFORE period 1 begins
    • Remember: 1 pair for each property will be RANDOMLY chosen to present
Group 3: Video 1, Video 2
Thursday,
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. Lower Density as Solid, Expansion on Freezing (Ice Floats!)
  4. High Heat of Fusion
  5. Universal Solvent
  6. Neutral pH
  7. High Heat of Vaporization
  • Other sources for information: Yesterday's Bozeman video, the coloring worksheet, PowerPoint ("Unit 1 Biochemistry" page) Google
  • Chapter 4 due tomorrow

Wednesday,
September 6
  • Valence shell diagrams for O2 and NH3
  • Chapter 4 due Friday
Unit 0 quiz retake - by Thursday after school if you want it included in 5 week grade
Driving Question: How do I know this is trustworthy?
Tuesday,
September 5
  • Unit 0 Quiz

Thursday,
August 31
  • Review
  • Designing a Controlled Experiment
  • Pillbug Lab due Tuesday - rewatch Bozeman video and read M&M handout carefully to determine what your X2 value means, conclusion
  • Unit 0 Quiz Tuesday
  • Unit 0 Assignments due Tuesday

Wednesday,
August 30
  • 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)
  • Pillbug Lab due Tuesday - rewatch Bozeman video and read M&M handout carefully to determine what your X2 value means
  • Unit 0 Quiz Tuesday

Tuesday,
August 29
  • Data Analysis
    • Check graphs & compare averages
    • Collect class data
  • What does our data mean?
  • Watch and complete worksheet: Bozeman / Chi-squared Test
    • You can skip the practice problem
  • Unit 0 Quiz Tuesday

Monday,
August 28
  • 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 for tomorrow
  • Chapter 2-3 due tomorrow (8/29)
  • Ecology Quiz corrections by Wed, 8/30

Friday,
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 (helpful image)
    • Hypothesis
    • Procedure (flow chart format or draw an annotated diagram of the experimental set-up - must be detailed!)
    • Data table (very important!!!! - draw data table up to at least 10 minutes, follow the example)
  • Bring ALL additional materials needed for experiment
  • Chapter 2-3 due Tuesday (8/29)
  • Ecology Quiz corrections by Wed, 8/30
Assembly Schedule
Thursday,
August 24
  • Watch and complete worksheet: Bozeman / AP Bio Lab 11 - Animal Behavior
  • Answer Pre-Lab Questions
  • Read and annotate lab introduction
  • Chapter 2-3 due Monday (8/28) Tuesday (8/29)
  • Ecology Quiz corrections by Wed, 8/30
Assembly Schedule
Wednesday,
August 23
  • Chapter 2-3 due Monday (8/28) Tuesday (8/29)
  • Ecology Quiz corrections by Wed, 8/30
Assembly Schedule
Tuesday,
August 22
  • Quiz
  • Go over graphs (hw)
Look for pillbugs - keep them alive with a wet paper towel and they pretty much can eat anything
(This handout has tips on how to keep pillbugs alive: Pillbug Care)
Monday,
August 21

Friday,
August 18
Turn in: Bozeman Ecology video worksheets
  • Read Biology For A Changing World Chapter 1 - due Monday (file is posted on Schoology). Take notes however you prefer.
  • Finish Dead Zone discussion questions
  • The Scientific Method packet due Tuesday

Thursday,
August 17
Turn in: Syllabus tear-off, Student Survey
  • Ecology Quiz tomorrow, Bozeman Video worksheets due

Wednesday,
August 16
Turn in: Chapter 1 Study Guide
  • Diagnostic
  • Syllabus
    • Go over Big Ideas
  • Get syllabus signed
  • Student Survey
  • Ecology Quiz will be Friday (make sure you finish Bozeman Video worksheets and study)
  • Biology For A Changing World Chapter 1 - due Monday (file is posted on Schoology)

Tuesday,
August 15
Due: Chapter 1 Study Guide, Ecology Bozeman Videos
  • Welcome, 4 Corners, Q&A
  • Big Idea Overviews
  • Diagnostic tomorrow - study Biology Review handout



Summer Assignment


Use the following links to download documents from the summer assignment packet.

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)