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AP Environmental Science The goal of this course is to provide students with the scientific principles, con- cepts, and methodologies to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, and to evaluate the risks associated with these problems and examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Text Living in the Environment , 14th Ed., by G. Tyler Miller. Methods Instruction consists mostly of lectures, discussions, labs and written assignments—i ncluding research projects, in-class assignments, and homework. Approximately two periods per week is devoted to hands-on laboratory experi- ences or fieldwork. All lab and fieldwork requires a written report. Unit 1 Chapter 1 Topic: Environmental Issues, Their Causes, and Sustainability * General overview of the topics covered throughout the year * Lab: Tragedy of the Commons Simulation. This activity simulates the unsustainable use of a renewable resource. Factors such as resource depletion, and sustainable use are explored. * Video: The Lorax Chapter 2 Topic: Environmental History: Learning from the Past A. How humans have adapted to and modified the environment B. Environmental history of the United States * Lab: Measuring primary productivity: Measurement of the Net Primary Productivity and respiration rate of plants will allow for the calculation of the Gross Primary Productivity of plants. * Video: Race to Save the Planet: The Environmental Revolution Test: Chapters 1 & 2 Unit 2 Chapter 3 Topic: Science Systems, Matter, and Energy A. The scientific method B. Nature’ s building blocks—a review of general chemistry C. Different forms of energy and their importance in environmental science D. Laws of matter and energy * Lab: Effects of Radiation on Seed Germination and Growth— Students measure, over a series of days, the effects of three types of radiation on the germination and subsequent growth of the irradiated seeds. They then treat their data to statistical analysis in order to draw conclusions.
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Chapter 4 Topic: Ecosystems: What Are They and How Do They Work? A. Populations, communities, food chains, and webs B. Ecological pyramids and productivity C. Biogeochemical cycles * Lab: What’ s in an Owl Pellet? Students gain insight into the habits and adaptations (such as sources and preferences of prey) of an apex predator by examining owl pellets. Test: Chapters 3 and 4
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2010 for the course ENVI SCI 5460453 taught by Professor Dufenshmertz during the Spring '10 term at Aims Community College.

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