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Introduction to AP Biology -- Parkdale HS

1st day intro to AP Biology resources (adapted from Chris Ludwig's Introduction to AP Biology)

Dawn Berkeley

on 21 August 2012

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Transcript of Introduction to AP Biology -- Parkdale HS

What is AP Biology? Multiple Choice Free Response The AP Exam Scores 1 through 5 The College Board Course Content May 13th, 2013 - 8:00 am no penalty for guessing 90 minutes 90 minutes for 69 questions
(multiple choice/grid in) 10 minute reading time 80 minute writing 8 essay questions
2 long free response
6 short free response Content is based on percentages in course description 3 Hours Long 90 minutes How much college credit depends on the College/University "To provide the maximum information about differences in students’ achievements in biology, the exams are intended to have average scores of about 50 percent of the maximum possible score for the multiple-choice section and for the free-response section. Thus, students should be aware that they may find these exams more difficult than most classroom exams." -AP Biology course description How do I survive AP Biology? AP GRADE QUALIFICATION
5 Extremely well qualified
4 Well qualified
3 Qualified
2 Possibly qualified
1 No recommendation Provides students with the opportunity to take college-level course work and exams while still in high school. AP Biology should include the topics regularly covered in a college biology course for majors. The textbooks used for AP Biology should be those used by college biology majors and the labs done by AP students must be the equivalent of those done by college students. This course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. BIG IDEA 2 - CELLULAR PROCESSES - 30% BIG IDEA 1 - Evolution, 20% BIG IDEA 3 - Genetics and Information Transfer - 30% &
BIG IDEA 4 - Ecology - 20% 12 Recommended Investigations 1. Artificial Selection
2. Mathematical Modeling: Hardy-Weinberg
3. Comparing DNA Sequences: BLAST
4. Diffusion and Osmosis
5. Photosynthesis
6. Cellular Respiration
7. Cell Division: Mitosis and Meiosis
8. Biotechology: Bacterial Transformation
9. Biotechnology: Restriction Enzyme Analysis of DNA
10. Energy Dynamics
11. Transpiration
12. Fruit Fly Behavior
13. Enzyme Activity Same people that produce the SAT High school, college, and university faculty Course Syllabus Online Resources Usually one essay on Molecules and Cells,
one on Heredity and Evolution,
one on Organisms and Populations,
and one based on one of the 12 Labs. https://sites.google.com/a/pgcps.org/biobuzzwithberkeley/ Major themes in AP BIology Science as a Process
Energy Transfer
Continuity and Change
Relationship of Structure to Function
Interdependence in Nature
Science, Technology, and Society With so much content knowledge to learn, sometimes it is helpful to connect concepts in AP Biology by exploring these major themes: 4 BIG IDEAS Exam Breakdown:
Section 1:
Part A - Multiple Choice (63)
Part B: Grid In (6)
Section 2:
Long Free Response (2)
Short Free Response (6) Section 1
3 parts:
Part 1 -- multiple choice questions
Part 2 -- matching questions
Part 3 -- multiple choice question involving biological experiments or data

Section 2
4 free response esssays that are broken down as follows:
1 question from Area 1 -- Molecules & Cells
1 question from Area 2 -- Heredity & Evolution
2 questions from Area 3 -- Organisms & Populations

Breaks down to:
45 seconds/multiple choice question
22 minutes per essay 8 strategies to help you Strategy 1 -- Pace yourself
Strategy 2 -- The Three-Pass System
Strategy 3 -- Process of Elimination
Strategy 4 -- Agressive Guessing
Strategy 5 -- Word Associations
Strategy 6 -- Mnemonics
Strategy 7 -- Identify EXCEPT questions
Strategy 8 -- The Art of the ETS Essay Every wrong answer choice = - 1/4 point
Every blank answer = not counted against you
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