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    Biology

    Instructor: Ms. Bridge
    Email Address: bridgeL@ptbeach.com
    Room: 416
    Grades: 11 & 12

    welcome!

    In class, we use:

    BiologyInFocus1e
    Publisher: Pearson, 1st edition
    Copyright: 2014
    isbn10: 0133102173
    isbn13: 9780133102178
    Download the lab manual (pdf) here:
    AP Biology Investigative Labs: An Inquiry-Based Approach, The College Board, 2012 

    IMPORTANT RESOURCES:

    arrowThe AP Biology Course Framework: 4 BIG IDEAS
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    Course Description and Grading
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    AP Biology Lab Report Format
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    COLLEGE BOARD COURSE DESCRIPTION
    arrowHow to correctly cite sources for your papers and lab reports, in MLA style
    red arrowYOU can earn Ocean County College credits (4) just for taking this course!  For more information, ask your instructor or guidance counselor how.  Link to OCC Jump Start Program
    red arrow Download excel lab worksheets here: Access Excellence
     
    THE AP BIOLOGY EXAM IS ON
    Monday,  MAY 14, 2018

    Online Flashcards to help you study

    AP Biology Exam Review Guide

    About the Exam
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    The three-hour test includes multiple choice, mathematical computation, short answers and full essays.

    Section I (90 minutes)
    Part A consists of 63 multiple-choice questions that represent the knowledge and science practices outlined in the AP Biology Curriculum Framework that students should understand and be able to apply.

    Part B includes 6 grid-in questions that require the integration of science and mathematical skills. For the grid-in responses, students will need to calculate the correct answer for each question and enter it in a grid in the grid-in section on their answer sheet. A 4-function (+ - * / plus sq.rt.) calculator is allowed.

     

    In 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*
    3   Qualified*
    2   Possibly qualified*
    1   No recommendation**
    *Qualified to receive college credit or advanced placement
    **No recommendation to receive college credit or advanced placement

     AP Biology Test video - College Board Exam review (Bozeman.com, 33:07)
    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.