This week we spent a lot of time on the transpiration lab, and also covered some information on neurons and ecology. I think that I did well on the work this week. A lot of the stuff on neurons I was already familiar with since we covered it in Psych last year, but it was a nice review and refresher on terminology and the details of how the charges drive signals. All of the ecology stuff was interesting and not something I feel like I’ll have to study since it makes a lot of sense already. The transpiration lab was a nice way to review some of the properties of water and also look at plant anatomy, and it was interesting to see how environmental factors (in this case salt) affected a process that I already know about. Moving forward I just need to study for the AP exam, which is in about a week! To do this I’ll review vodcasts and the textbook, making sure to go back through everything we’ve done and spend a bit more time on things that are more difficult for me, like energetics and specific vocabulary that might come up.
Monday, April 24, 2017
This was another short week, since I missed Friday and Thursday was entirely spend on an exam. The other three days we spent with the hearts! This was really cool and I think I definitely gained a better understanding of the anatomy of hearts and more of how that plays into the circulatory system. Reviewing for the exam also helped cement all the knowledge from this unit, so overall I think I gained a lot out of this week as far as material and understanding go. This coming week I'll spend more time reviewing the maintenance information and becoming more confident on all the Unit 5 content, as well as reviewing earlier content since the AP exam is approaching.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
This was a pretty short week because of SATs and the early release, but I still think the work went pretty well. This week we started on Domain 5, which is regulation. This is something that we didn’t really cover in advanced bio, so I’m having to put a little more time into learning it well. So far, though, I think I’m doing well on the work for this domain. The group project we did this week was really helpful to get a good overview of a lot of different processes and get into the specifics of them a little bit as well. I think this week, especially with the exam coming up, I’ll spend a lot of time reviewing the information by rewatching some vodcasts, going over my notes, and reading the textbook. That should give me a pretty solid understanding of all of the material that we’re covering this unit.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
This week we did work on Domains 4.5-4.9. I felt pretty good on all of the work and information this week. The information unit is one that I feel pretty confident in, especially everything with inheritance and genetics that we’ve been doing lately. The fly lab this week was cool since normally we know parental genotypes and have to predict F1 or F2 phenotypes, but this time we were able to work backwards, looking at the F1 phenotypes and trying to guess parental genotypes. It was a cool application of everything we’ve been doing so far. To improve this week I think that I’ll put some time into studying and memorizing terms; I’m struggling with that more than actually doing out any crosses. To do this I’ll probably read the textbook and maybe make some flashcards if everything really isn’t sinking in.