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AP Biology Crash Course, 2nd Ed. [NOOK Book]


REA's Crash Course for the AP* Biology Exam - Gets You a Higher Advanced Placement* Score in Less Time

Completely Revised for the New 2013 Exam!

Crash Course is perfect for the time-crunched student, the last-minute studier, or anyone who wants a refresher on the ...
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AP Biology Crash Course, 2nd Ed.

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REA's Crash Course for the AP* Biology Exam - Gets You a Higher Advanced Placement* Score in Less Time

Completely Revised for the New 2013 Exam!

Crash Course is perfect for the time-crunched student, the last-minute studier, or anyone who wants a refresher on the subject. REA's Crash Course for AP* Biology gives you:

Targeted, Focused Review - Study Only What You Need to Know
Fully revised for the 2013 AP* Biology exam, this Crash Course is based on an in-depth analysis of the revised AP* Biology course description outline and sample AP* test questions. It covers only the information tested on the exam, so you can make the most of your valuable study time. Our targeted review focuses on the 4 Big Ideas that will be covered on the exam. Explanations of the 13 AP* Biology Labs are also included.

Expert Test-taking Strategies
Crash Course presents detailed, question-level strategies for answering the multiple-choice and essay questions. By following this advice, you can boost your score in every section of the test.

Take REA's Practice Exam
After studying, go to the online REA Study Center and test what you've learned. Our practice exam features timed testing, detailed answers, and automatic scoring. The exam is balanced to include every topic and type of question found on the actual AP* exam, so you know you're studying the smart way.

When it's crucial crunch time and your Advanced Placement* exam is just around the corner, you need REA's Crash Course for AP* Biology!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738683706
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,127,992
  • Age range: 16 - 18 Years
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

About Our Author 

Michael D’Alessio earned his B.S. in Biology from Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, and his MS in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. In 2004, he earned his Executive Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Seton Hall University.

Mr. D’Alessio has had an extensive career teaching all levels of mathematics and science, including AP Biology, chemistry, physics, algebra and geometry. Most of Mr. D’Alessio’s AP Biology students received scores of 4 or 5 on the AP Biology exam.

Currently, Mr. D’Alessio serves as the Supervisor of the Mathematics and Business Department at Watchung Hills Regional High School in Warren, New Jersey, overseeing a department of 30 teachers.

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REA’s AP Biology Crash Course is the first book of its kind for the last-minute studier or any AP student who wants a quick refresher on the course. The Crash Course is based upon a careful analysis of the AP Biology Course Description outline and actual AP test questions.

Written by an AP teacher, our easy-to-read format gives students a crash course in Biology. The targeted review chapters prepare students for the exam by focusing on the important topics tested on the AP Biology exam.

Unlike other test preps, REA’s AP Biology Crash Course gives you a review specifically focused on what you really need to study in order to ace the exam. The review chapters offer you a concise way to learn all the important facts, terms, and biological processes before the exam.

The introduction discusses the keys for success and shows you strategies to help you build your overall point score. Parts Two, Three, and Four are made up of our review chapters. Each chapter presents the essential information you need to know about Biology.

Part Five focuses exclusively on the format of the AP Biology exam. Each chapter in this section explains a specific aspect of the test, including Major AP Biology Themes and Their Relationship to the Test, the 12 AP Biology Labs, and Essay Writing (exemplars, data analysis/graphing techniques, setting up an experiment).

No matter how or when you prepare for the AP Biology exam, REA’s Crash Course will show you how to study efficiently and strategically, so you can boost your score!

If you would like to assess your test readiness for the AP Biology exam after studying this Crash Course, you can access a complimentary full-length AP Biology practice exam at

This true-to-format test includes detailed explanations of all answers and will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses before taking the actual exam.

Good luck on your AP Biology exam!


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Table of Contents

About This Book VII

About Our Author VIII

Acknowledgments VIII

Part I Introduction

Chapter 1 Keys for Success on the AP Biology Exam 3

Part II Molecules And Cells: Chemistry Of Life, Cells, And Cellular Energetics

Chapter 2 Water 13

Chapter 3 Organic Molecules in Organisms 15

Chapter 4 Free Energy Changes 23

Chapter 5 Enzymes 27

Chapter 6 Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells 31

Chapter 7 Membranes 35

Chapter 8 Subcellular Organization 39

Chapter 9 Cell Cycle and Regulation 43

Chapter 10 Coupled Reactions 47

Chapter 11 Fermentation and Cellular Respiration 49

Chapter 12 Photosynthesis 53

Part III Heredity And Evolution: Heredity, Molecular Genetics And Evolutionary Biology

Chapter 13 Meiosis and Gametogenesis 61

Chapter 14 Eukaryotic Chromosomes 65

Chapter 15 Inheritance Patterns 67

Chapter 16 RNA and DNA Structure and Function 77

Chapter 17 Gene Regulation 83

Chapter 18 Mutation 85

Chapter 19 Viral Structure and Replication, Bacterial Gene Regulation 87

Chapter 20 Nucleic Acid Technology and Applications 91

Chapter 21 Early Evolution of Life 95

Chapter 22 Evidence for Evolution 99

Chapter 23 Mechanisms of Evolution 103

Part Iv Organisms And Population: Diversity Of Organisms, Structure And Function Of Plants And Animals, Ecology

Chapter 24 Evalutionary Pattern 111

Chapter 25 Survey of the Diversity of Life 115

Chapter 26 Phylogenetic Classification 121

Chapter 27 Evolutionary Relationships 125

Chapter 28 Plants and Animals-Reproduction, Growth, and Development 127

Chapter 29 Plants-Structural, Physiological, and Behavioral Adaptations 133

Chapter 30 AnimalsStructural, Physiological, and Behavioral Adaptations135

Chapter 31 Plants-Response to the Environment 147

Chapter 32 Biosphere 151

Chapter 33 Population Dynamics 155

Chapter 34 Communities and Ecosystems 159

Chapter 35 Ecology-Behavior 165

Chapter 36 Ecology-Global Issues 167

Part V The Exam

Chapter 37 Major AP Biology Themes and Their Relationship to the Exam 171

Chapter 38 The 12 AP Biology Labs 175

Chapter 39 Essay Writing-Exemplars, Data Analysis/Graphing Techniques, Setting Up an Experiment 203

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