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AP Biology Information. Teacher: Katrina Taylor BS in Cell and Developmental Biology Published Scientist- Studied protein interaction in immune and cancer cells Working on Masters Degree in Molecular Biology. Prerequisites. A or B in Honors Chemistry and Biology or

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Ap biology information

AP Biology Information

Teacher: Katrina Taylor

BS in Cell and Developmental Biology

Published Scientist- Studied protein interaction in immune and cancer cells

Working on Masters Degree in Molecular Biology


Prerequisites

Prerequisites

A or B in Honors Chemistry and Biology

or

A in Chemistry and Biology Both semesters

A STRONG foundation in Chemistry and Basic Biology is needed to successfully keep up with the pace and depth of the course


Four unifying themes of biology

Four Unifying Themes of Biology

  • Evolution and the Diversity of Life

  • Molecular building blocks, energy and homeostasis

  • Genetic information transfer and expression

  • Organismal biology and ecology


Science practices

Science Practices

  • You will be assessed on your conceptual understanding of the content and ability to use the 7 Science Practices

    • Using Representations and models

    • Use mathematics appropriately

    • Engaging in scientific questioning

    • Experimental design

    • Evaluating evidence

    • Work with scientific Explanations

    • Connect concepts across domains of biology (big to small)


6 units of study

6 Units of Study

August through December

  • Molecules, Cell Structures, Energy and Enzymes

  • Cell Processes: Energy and Cell Communication

  • Genetic Inheritance, Molecular Genetics, Biotechnology

    January through May

  • Regulation of Gene Expression

  • Plant and Animal form and function, responses to the environment, homeostasis.

  • Evolution and Biodiversity

    In all units there is an emphasis on molecular interactions


This course will be a lot of work

This course will be a lot of work

  • The course is designed to represent the first year of study for a undergraduate majoring in a science discipline (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)

  • Pacing: We typically go through a chapter of material per week

  • Depth: You will need to be comfortable with understanding molecules, energy and intermolecular interactions throughout the year.

  • You must read your textbook, participate in class and think critically to fully understand the content.


Ap biology information

FAQs

  • How many AP classes should I take?

    • NO MORE THAN 3 if you want to get sleep, learn and be successful in academics and conservatory.

    • Recipe for disaster: AP Calc/Stats, AP Physics, AP Lang, AP Lit, AP US, AP Bio and I am the star of the musical!

  • How much math is involved in AP Biology?

    • We use math frequently in AP-Bio here are some examples

      • Statistics (standard error of the mean, Chi-squared Probability rules)

      • Calculating solute and water potential

      • Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium

      • Population growth

      • Punnett squares and dihybrid crosses


Ap biology information

FAQs

  • What is the difference between Biology and Chemistry?

    • Biology is the study of Life, chemistry is the study of molecules

    • Biology is applied Chemistry

  • Do you assign homework/ tests/ quizzes/ projects/ lab reports/ reading / etc?

    • Yes


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