Biology with MasteringBiology™ (8th Edition)

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A.P. Biology Philosophy The study of biology is one of complex relationships within and between organisms. Scientists are continually discovering new ideas about how these complex relationships work. The fact that the world is constantly changing and new discoveries in science are made daily gives ample opportunity to promote biology topics as part of the daily discussions in Advanced Placement Biology. The relevance of the biology themes in terms of making connections to the students’ daily lives is made in hopes that they become knowledgeable about the world around them. In an attempt to promote discussions about current issues, the curriculum is supplemented with articles from current popular science magazines and newspapers. It is the hope of this course that this knowledge will allow the students to make informed decisions that will affect not only themselves, but the whole world in the future. Course Overview The course goal is to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. Our students meet for 45 minutes each day, five days a week. They also have a lab period every other day for 45 minutes which allows ample time for the 25% lab requirement time. The course itself covers all of the themes in the AP Biology Course Description as per the College Board. The eight overarching themes discussed throughout the course are: science as a process, Evolution, Energy transfer, Continuity and Change, Relationship of structure and function, Regulation, Interdependence in Nature, Science, Technology and Society. Examples of how the themes are woven in throughout the course are as follows: 1. Science as a Process: we look at historical experiments such as Hershey-Chase, Watson and Crick, etc. and how the knowledge derived from those milestones help scientists continue the research today. 2. Evolution: This topic is discussed throughout the year by using phylogenic trees to show relationships between organisms and discussions of similarities in DNA uniting all domains. 3. Energy transfer: Topics discussed for this include conservation of energy, photosynthesis and cell respiration, ATP as an energy source and food webs in ecosystems. 4. Continuity and Change: Topics discussed include natural selection, how global warming affects organisms, meiosis, mutations and genetics 5. Relationship of Structure to Function: Topics discussed include enzyme specificity, structure and functions of different cells/organs within organisms
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