Illustrations & Diagrams
In this section I will provide you with pictures, illustrations and diagrams that might help you better understand the concepts in each unit. The material will likely be different from those contained with the power points and webcasts.
The topics included in this unit include strictly biology topics: Intro to Life, Energy Flow, Chemical Cycling, Biomes, Symbiotic Relationships, Succession and others. For all of the earth science topics: seasons, climate, solar radiance and others you must go to the AP Environmental tab and you will find them there.
Topics include nutrition, water, metabolic waste and thermoregulation. Since I do not have a dedicated unit that addresses biochemistry you will also find some additional information on carbohydrates, fats and proteins. I did not include any information about nucleic acids because they will be covered extensively in future units.
Topics include circulation, respiration, nervous systems, nerves, muscles and modes of locomotion.
Topics include immunity, defensive strategies, reproduction and gamete production.
The topics include evolution, natural selection, DNA and molecular genetics. Bacteria are emphasized. Speciation and phylogeny topics are omitted and will addressed in later units.
Topics include structure and functions of bacteria. The structure and function of viruses. Early earth its formation and the prebiotic origins of living organisms
This unit explores the structure and function of cells. Comparisons of animal and plant cells, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells are also addressed. The unit focus however is membranes their structure and function, including their role in transport and cellular communication. The unit also looks at the various modes of cellular communication.
Unit eight focuses on energy and metabolism. Here we take a close look at enzymes, photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
This unit looks at genetics starting with general cell division, followed by the production of gametes (meiosis) and ending with Mendelian and modern genetics.
Unit ten spirals back the topic of molecular genetics. Topics include protein synthesis and gene regulation however the emphasis is now on eukaryotes. In addition, this unit takes a comprehensive look at biotechnology.
Unit nine revisits the topic of evolution and then takes a closer look at speciation, biodiversity and the classification of living organisms.
This unit begins with an overview of animal communication (endocrinology). Next we examine animal behavior which transitions into populations. Interactions in and among populations are examined but the focus is on population growth. The last topic in this unit brings us full circle back to the biosphere this time looking at the biodiversity of life and human impacts on the earth.