We shift gears now to what you will recognize as a more traditional introduction to a science class. This will be the last assignment before I see you in the classroom. It may seem like a lot but it is not very "meaty" and I suspect much of it you already know or are familiar with so it should be easily digestible.
By having you do these lessons before school begins we make time to cover all the heavy duty AP material and labs before the exam in May. That may seem a long ways off but time will fly.
So go to http://www.ucopenaccess.org/course/view.php?id=67 which is a University of California open access AB Biology course. From what I have read and seen of it you may want to use it throughout the school year as a study supplement. When you get there you will find a Moodle page that has links to lessons. You will be doing the first six and they are due the first day of school. Here is what I want you to do:
Lesson 1, Biology and Biologists - Read the Introduction, watch Play Media, and do the Review Questions
Lesson 2, The Chemical Basis of Life - Watch Play Media, and do the Review Questions
Lesson 3, Water and Life - Watch Play Media, and do the Review Questions
Lesson 4, Acids, Bases, and Buffers - Read pdf Acids, Bases, and Buffers, and do the Review Questions
Lesson 5, Organic Molecules - Review the pdf Reference Sheet, Watch Play Media, and do the Review Questions
Lesson 6, Macromolecules - Watch Play Media, and do the Review Questions
What to turn in? For each lesson Review Questions, on a piece of paper write the question number and the letter of the answer you selected. It should look like this-
Lesson 1 Review Questions
#1 - d
#2 - a
#3 - c
and so on......
Feel free to ask questions as they come up by responding to this post. I do my best to respond within a day. Remember, these are due the first day of school.
When school begins we will take time discuss Ziman, Popper, and see how you did on the six lessons. I am looking forward to the year but make no mistake, you will be challenged to be the best student you can be. This class is what a student intending to major in biology would take their first year of college.
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