Welcome to AP Biology 2009-2010
We’re going to work hard and have fun, So…don’t get too frazzled!
What to expect… • AP Biology is equivalent to a college introductory Biology course for majors • 2 semester course with lab • Invest your time • Expect to spend 5-10 hours each week working on biology outside of class. • You must do the reading! • Lecture-based course • We’ll cover a VAST amount of material!
Supporting Resources • To help you learn and understand the material, you will have… • lecture slides • lecture review worksheets • chapter study questions • practice MC questions and essays • lots of internet resources • Text: “Campbell” 7th ed. with an awesome CD
AP Biology is a Laboratory Course • Diffusion & Osmosis • Enzyme Catalysis • Mitosis and Meiosis • Plant Pigments & Photosynthesis • Cell Respiration • Molecular Biology • Genetics of Organisms • Population Genetics & Evolution • Transpiration • Physiology of the Circulatory System • Animal Behavior • Dissolved Oxygen & Primary Productivity
Lab Reports • Title • Abstract • Purpose • Hypothesis • Experimental Design • materials, methods, procedures • Data & Graphs • Conclusions & Discussion
How do I do well? • Exams • DO the READING! • STAY AWAKE in class. • Sleep at NIGHT! Eat Breakfast! • DO the HOMEWORK. • Practice questions at the end of each chapter. • Discuss essays in class. Practice! • Essays • Based on themes and concepts we learn all year • Answer with concise facts. • Leave flowery English essays in English class.
How do I do well? (cont.) • Labs • Lab summary questions • Lab reports • Completed labs raise your grade!! • Homework & Class work • Chapter study guides • Chapter guided notes (Complete before lecture!) • Extra credit / enrichment work • Completed homework raises your grade!! • Team work • Study groups are encouraged. • Group quizzes • Individual responsibility • Do your own work… on time!!
Any Questions? Adapted from Massengale’s Website