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  1. page AP Exam edited AP Exam Date: May 14, 2018 at 8am The AP Biology exam consists of two parts: multiple choice an…

    AP Exam Date: May 14, 2018 at 8am
    The AP Biology exam consists of two parts: multiple choice and free response.Everything is centered around the four "Big Ideas" that we focus on in our class.
    Exam Tips (from the College Board website)
    The following strategies were developed to help you on exam day:
    Before beginning to solve the free-response questions, it is a good idea to read through all of the questions to determine which ones you feel most prepared to answer. You can then proceed to solve the questions in a sequence that will allow you to perform your best.
    Monitor your time appropriately on the free-response section. You want to ensure that you do not spend too much time on one question that you do not have enough time to at least attempt to answer all of them.
    Show all the steps you took to reach your solution on questions involving calculations. If you do work that you think is incorrect, simply put an "X" through it, instead of spending time erasing it completely.
    Many free-response questions are divided into parts such as a, b, c, and d, with each part calling for a different response. Credit for each part is awarded independently, so you should attempt to solve each part. For example, you may receive no credit for your answer to part a, but still receive full credit for part b, c, or d. If the answer to a later part of a question depends on the answer to an earlier part, you may still be able to receive full credit for the later part, even if that earlier answer is wrong.
    Organize your answers as clearly and neatly as possible. You might want to label your answers according to the sub-part, such as (a), (b), (c), etc. This will assist you in organizing your thoughts, as well as helping to ensure that you answer all the parts of the free-response question.
    You should include the proper units for each number where appropriate. If you keep track of units as you perform your calculations, it can help ensure that you express answers in terms of the proper units. Depending on the exam question, it is often possible to lose points if the units are wrong or are missing from the answer.
    You should not use the "scattershot" or “laundry list” approach: i.e., write a many equations or lists of terms hoping that the correct one will be among them so that you can get partial credit. For exams that ask for TWO or THREE examples or equations, only the first two or three examples will be scored.
    Be sure to clearly and correctly label all graphs and diagrams accordingly. Read the question carefully, as this could include a graph title, x and y axes labels including units, a best fit line, etc.
    Calculator Policy (from the College Board website)
    Calculators can be used on all parts of the AP Bio exam.
    Students should check the list of approved graphing calculators; bring only approved models. ALWAYS VERIFY-changes happen!
    Students can bring up to two calculators. They should bring calculators they are familiar with that are in good working order. Calculators may not be shared.
    Calculator memories do not need to be cleared before or after the exam.
    Currently, AP Bio allows a four-function (with square root), scientific, and graphing calculators. Click the following link if you want more info on this: AP Calculator Policy

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    investigations that reinforce an “inquiry” approach to science.
    MP3 tutor – this audio/visual presentation takes students through the more difficult topics in each chapter.
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  1. page AP Biology edited ... AP Exam Big Ideas Bozeman Science Videos How to Write a Scientific Lab Report Email Mrs…
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  2. page How to Write a Scientific Lab Report edited Following the Steps of the Scientific Method: a) Problem b) Hypothesis (not a prediction, the …

    Following the Steps of the Scientific Method:
    a) Problem
    b) Hypothesis (not a prediction, the hypothesis...show the science)
    c) Experiment: step by step procedure. Remember: all experiments must be replicated, which means that you must be specific in all amounts, timings, etc.
    d) Results: Only tables and graphs
    a) graphs with title and axes labeled with correct units
    b) Tables with titles, labels, units
    e) Interpretations
    i) Discuss patterns and trends in your graphs/results. Discuss outliers.
    ii) Discuss REASONS for your results! Do not simply indicate what happened,
    but WHY it happened. Your discussion should be at the level of your textbook.
    If your results are different from what is expected, discuss reasons as to why
    this might occur.
    iii) Include information from other labs and research regarding your topic.
    Make sure to cite your source(s).
    f) Conclusion: simply restate the answer to your hypothesis.
    For example: As temperature rises, the breathing rate of fish increases.

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  3. page AP Biology edited ... MP3 tutor – this audio/visual presentation takes students through the more difficult topics in…
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  4. page AP Biology edited ... Unit 8: Biotechnology Unit 9: Ecology LINKS: How to Study The toughest part of this cours…
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    Unit 8: Biotechnology
    Unit 9: Ecology
    LINKS:How to Study
    The toughest part of this course is retaining large amounts of material for each chapter quiz and test. Therefore you need to study on a DAILY basis-if not, the class can become very overwhelming. When it becomes overwhelming, students displace their frustrations and begin to “hate” science, which is the last thing we want.
    Some tips...
    Time management is tough for some students. Make sure you are dedicating enough time to your class(es).
    Look at your study habits: are you reading to just “get it done”, or are you reading for comprehension?
    Write down questions as you have as they come up and then bring them to class. This can be VERY helpful.
    If it is an option, purchase a cheap, used textbook on Amazon that you can write all over. Highlight, make notes, draw pictures, use post-its...anything to help you understand.
    Consider using an AP Biology review book. It should NOT be your sole tool for studying, but many have found it to be a helpful addition.
    Study with someone who does well in the class. The best way to understand something is to teach it to another person.
    Each student has access to the Campbell textbook website-USE IT! It has:
    practice test questions
    animations that teach difficult concepts
    investigations that reinforce an “inquiry” approach to science.
    MP3 tutor – this audio/visual presentation takes students through the more difficult topics in each chapter.
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  5. page The Big Ideas edited Here are the four Big Ideas according to the college board. This is how you will be tested when ta…
    Here are the four Big Ideas according to the college board. This is how you will be tested when taking the AP exam, and these are the guiding force to our curriculum in AP Bio. It is a good idea to periodically come back and read through them to make sure that you are comfortable with everything listed.
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    Idea 1: Evolution
    The
    EvolutionThe process of
    Concept: Change in the genetic makeup of a population over time is evolution
    Natural selection is a major mechanism of evolution
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    There are several hypotheses about the natural origin of life on earth, each with supporting evidence
    Scientific evidence from many different disciplines supports models of the origin of life
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    Idea 2: Energy
    Biological
    EnergyBiological systems utilize
    Concept: Growth, reproduction and maintenance of the organization of living systems require free energy and matter
    All living systems require constant input of free energy
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