Instructor: Ms. Bridge
Email Address: bridgeL@ptbeach.com
Grades: 11 & 12
In class, we use:
Publisher: Pearson, 1st editionIn Section II (90 minutes), students should use the mandatory reading period (10 minutes) to read and review the questions and begin planning their responses. This section contains two types of free-response questions (6 short and 2 long), and the student will have a total of 80 minutes to complete all of the questions.
All answers to the free-response questions must be written in essay form. Outlines and unlabeled diagrams are not acceptable final answers.
Scoring the Exam
AP Exam grades are reported on a 5-point scale as follows:
5 Extremely well qualified*
4 Well qualified*
2 Possibly qualified*
1 No recommendation**
*Qualified to receive college credit or advanced placement
**No recommendation to receive college credit or advanced placement
|The 8 Themes |
The eight major THEMES that recur throughout the course are:
• Science as Process - Science is a way of knowing. It can involve a discovery process using inductive reasoning, or it can be a process of hypothesis testing.
• Evolution - Evolution is the biological change of organisms that occurs over time and is driven by the process of natural selection.
Evolution accounts for the diversity of life on Earth.
• Energy Transfer - Energy is the capacity to do work. All living organisms are active (living) because of their abilities to link energy reactions to the biochemical reactions that take place within their cells.
• Continuity and Change - All species tend to maintain themselves from generation to generation using the same genetic code. However, there are genetic mechanisms that lead to change over time, or evolution.
• Relationship of Structure to Function - The structural levels from molecules to organisms ensure successful functioning in all living organisms and living systems.
• Regulation - Everything from cells to organisms to ecosystems is in a state of dynamic balance that must be controlled by positive and negative feedback mechanisms.
• Interdependence in Nature - Living organisms rarely exist alone in nature. Organisms are dependent upon other
organisms to meet their needs.
• Science, Technology, and Society - Scientific research often leads to technological advances that can have positive and/or negative impacts upon society as a whole.