5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations: Biology

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Overview

An exciting new series of study guides that lets each student design a course of study pitched to his or her individual needs and learning style

Each year, more than one million U.S. high school students take one or more advanced placement (AP) exams, and, according to official projections, that number will continue to rise in the years ahead. That is because AP exams confer important benefits on those who do well on them. High AP scores are indispensable to gaining admission to most elite colleges. They provide students with a competitive edge when competing for grants and scholarships. And they allow students to bypass required university survey courses, saving on skyrocketing tuition fees.

Designed to coincide perfectly with the most current
AP exams, Five Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations guides contain several advanced features that set them above all competitors. Each guide is structured around an ingenious Five-Step Plan. The first step is to develop a study plan, the second builds knowledge, the third and fourth hone test-taking skills and strategies, and the fifth fosters the confidence students need to ace the tests. This flexible study tool is also tailored to three types of students. For the more structured student there is a "Month-by-Month" approach that follows the school year and a "Calendar Countdown" approach that begins with the new year. For students who leave studying to the last minute "Basic Training" covers the basics in just four weeks.

Other outstanding features include:

  • Sample tests that closely simulate real exams
  • Review material based on the contents of the most recent tests
  • Icons highlighting important facts, vocabulary, and frequently-asked questions
  • Boxed quotes offering advice from students who have aced the exams and from AP teachers and college professors
  • Websites and links to valuable online test resources, along with author e-mail addresses for students with follow-up questions
  • Authors who are either AP course instructors or exam developers
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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments x
Part I How to Use This Book 1
The Basics 3
Organization of the Book 3
Introduction to the Five-Step Program 4
Three Approaches to Preparing for the AP Biology Exam 5
Calendar for Each Plan 7
Introduction to the Graphics Used in This Book 10
Part II What You Need to Know About the AP Biology Exam 11
Background of the Advanced Placement Program 13
Who Writes the AP Biology Exam 13
The AP Grades and Who Receives Them 13
Reasons for Taking the AP Biology Exam 13
Questions Frequently Asked about the AP Biology Exam 14
Tips for Taking the AP Biology Exam 17
Getting Started: The Diagnostic Exam 19
Part III Comprehensive Review 31
Chapter 1 Chemistry 33
Introduction 33
Elements, Compounds, Atoms, and Ions 33
Lipids, Carbohydrates, and Proteins 35
Enzymes 39
pH: Acids and Bases 40
Reactions 41
Review Questions 42
Answers and Explanations 43
Rapid Review 44
Chapter 2 Cells 45
Introduction 45
Types of Cells 45
Organelles 45
Cell Membranes: Fluid Mosaic Model 47
Types of Cell Transport 48
Review Questions 50
Answers and Explanations 51
Rapid Review 52
Chapter 3 Respiration 54
Introduction 54
Aerobic Respiration 54
Anaerobic Respiration 60
Review Questions 62
Answers and Explanations 62
Rapid Review 63
Chapter 4 Photosynthesis 65
Introduction 65
The Players in Photosynthesis 65
Reactions of Photosynthesis 67
Types of Photosynthesis 72
Review Questions 73
Answers and Explanations 74
Rapid Review 75
Chapter 5 Cell Division 77
Introduction 77
Cell Division in Prokaryotes 77
The Cell Cycle 77
Mitosis 78
Control of Cell Division 80
Haploid versus Diploid Organisms 80
Meiosis 81
Life Cycles 83
Sources of Cell Variation 84
Review Questions 85
Answers and Explanations 86
Rapid Review 87
Chapter 6 Heredity 89
Introduction 89
Terms Important in Studying Heredity 89
Mendel and His Peas 90
Intermediate Inheritance 92
Other Forms of Inheritance 92
Sex Determination and Sex Linkage 94
Linkage and Gene Mapping 95
Heads or Tails? 96
Pedigrees 97
Common Disorders 99
Chromosomal Complications 99
Review Questions 100
Answers and Explanations 102
Rapid Review 105
Chapter 7 Molecular Genetics 107
Introduction 107
DNA Structure and Function 107
RNA Structure and Function 107
Replication of DNA 108
Transcription of DNA 111
RNA Processing 112
Translation of RNA 112
Gene Expression 113
The Genetics of Viruses 115
The Genetics of Bacteria 116
Genetic Engineering 118
Review Questions 120
Answers and Explanations 121
Rapid Review 123
Chapter 8 Evolution 125
Introduction 125
Definition of Evolution 125
Natural Selection 126
Lamarck and Darwin 127
Adaptations 128
Types of Selection 128
Evolution Patterns 130
Sources of Variation 130
Speciation 131
When Evolution Is not Occurring: Hardv-Weinberg Equilibrium 132
The Evidence for Evolution 133
Macroevolution 134
How Life Probably Emerged 135
Review Questions 137
Answers and Explanations 138
Rapid Review 139
Chapter 9 Taxonomy and Classification 141
Introduction 141
Five or Six Kingdoms? 141
Kingdom Monera 142
Endosymbiotic Theory 143
Kingdom Protista 143
Kingdom Plantae 145
Kingdom Fungi 148
Kingdom Animalia 148
Review Questions 151
Answers and Explanations 152
Rapid Review 152
Chapter 10 Plants 155
Introduction 155
Anatomy of Plants 155
Roots 156
The Shoot System 157
Plant Hormones 158
Plant Tropisms 159
Photoperiodism 159
Go with the Flow: Osmosis, Capillary Action, Cohesion-Tension Theory, and Transpiration 160
The Changing of the Guard: Regulating Stomata Activity 161
"Move over, Sugar": Carbohydrate Transport through Phloem 161
Review Questions 161
Answers and Explanations 162
Rapid Review 163
Chapter 11 Human Physiology 165
Introduction 165
Circulatory System 165
Respiratory System 167
Digestive System 168
Control of the Internal Environment 169
Nervous System 172
Muscular System 174
Endocrine System 176
Immune System 179
Review Questions 181
Answers and Explanations 182
Rapid Review 183
Chapter 12 Human Reproduction 186
Introduction 186
Sex Differences 186
Anatomy 186
Embryonic Development 190
The Influence of Hormones 193
Review Questions 194
Answers and Explanations 195
Rapid Review 196
Chapter 13 Behavioral Ecclogy and Ethology 198
Introduction 198
Types of Animal Learning 198
Animal Movement 199
Animal Communication 201
Review Questions 202
Answers and Explanations 203
Rapid Review 203
Chapter 14 Ecology in Further Detail 206
Introduction 206
Population Ecology and Growth 206
Life History Strategies 209
Community and Succession 210
Trophic Levels 213
Biomes 214
Biogeochemical Cycles 216
Review Questions 217
Answers and Explanations 218
Rapid Review 220
Chapter 15 Laboratory Review 222
Introduction 222
Laboratory Experiment 1 Diffusion and Osmosis 222
Laboratory Experiment 2 Enzyme Catalysis 224
Laboratory Experiment 3 Mitosis and Meiosis 225
Laboratory Experiment 4 Plant Pigments and Photosynthesis 226
Laboratory Experiment 5 Cell Respiration 228
Laboratory Experiment 6 Molecular Biology 229
Laboratory Experiment 7 Genetics of Organisms 231
Laboratory Experiment 8 Population Genetics and Evolution 232
Laboratory Experiment 9 Transpiration 233
Laboratory Experiment 10 Physiology of the Circulatory System 234
Laboratory Experiment 11 Animal Behavior 235
Laboratory Experiment 12 Dissolved Oxygen and Aquatic Primary Productivity 235
Review Questions 236
Answers and Explanations 237
Rapid Review 238
Part IV Practice Makes Perfect 241
AP Biology Practice Exam 1 243
AP Biology Practice Exam 2 273
Appendix 301
Bibliography 303
Websites 304
Glossary 305
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