Welcome to AP Biology
Figures above: Examples of Ring Canals from the egg chambers of Drosophila (taken by myself using laser confocal microscopy), chromosomes in cells undergoing mitotic cell division (taken by myself using laser confocal microscopy), and circulating human blood (scanning electron microscopy).Welcome to AP Biology. This course is intended to be equivalent to a first year college biology course for science majors.In biology, the same recurring themes occur over and over again throughout the curriculum. Each time you cover familiar material, you should understand it at a more mature level, and do a better job of integrating it with other knowledge, not just from biology but also from chemistry and physics.
Mr. Christopher M. Resch
Extra-help: Every Wednesday
Homework serves several purposes. It can help you review, and to look for weaknesses that you need more help with or it may be to prepare you for a class or lab. I do not give many homework grades, because if you are not doing homework, your other grades will reflect it. Occasionally I do check homework for grades, especially if I feel that students are not coming to class prepared. If I do not give an assignment, then you should pre-read the materials I am about to cover, or review on your own. In many college classes, homework is not often “checked” or graded, but if you do not do it, you will not do well on the exams, and your grades will suffer.Unit Exams:
You should always have a pencil for class, but definitely have one on test days. Tests will often take an entire period, and I do not give extra time. Therefore it behooves you to be ready to take the test as soon as class begins. My tests are often a mixture of formats, and they frequently include:
1. Multiple Choice Questions.
2. Free Response Questions. Ranging from short answers to essay questions
3. Lab Practical. Questions based on an understanding of a recently performed lab, includes identification of specimens and slides.
Problem sets:The problem sets will help you develop your higher order thinking skills as you apply that material to more complex problems, working in a group and using your notes.Term papers:
You will have one term paper due at the end of the second due at the second semester. This paper will contribute toward your marking period 3 and 4 grades. Late papers will be assessed a 10% penalty for each day that they are late. More details will be given in class.