How to Prepare for the AP Biology

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General advice on test preparation and Advanced Placement Test question types is followed by extensive topic reviews that cover molecules and cells, genetics and evolution, and organisms and populations. Four full-length model AP Biology exams are given, followed by answers and explanations for all questions. New reference sources are cited following each test area, and a new, up-to-date summary covers Human Genome research.
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Overview

General advice on test preparation and Advanced Placement Test question types is followed by extensive topic reviews that cover molecules and cells, genetics and evolution, and organisms and populations. Four full-length model AP Biology exams are given, followed by answers and explanations for all questions. New reference sources are cited following each test area, and a new, up-to-date summary covers Human Genome research.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764113758
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition description: 6TH
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 497
  • Product dimensions: 7.81 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface x
Introduction xi
General Information about the Advanced Placement Examination in Biology xi
Organization of the Examination xi
Question Content and Direction xi
Laboratory Experiences xii
The Meaning of the Scores xiii
References xiii
Part 1 Diagnose Your Problem 1
Model AP Biology Examination No. 1 3
Questions 3
Answers 26
Explanations 27
Evaluation of Model AP Examination No. 1 Results 38
Part 2 Preparing for the Examination 41
Chapter 1 How to Approach the Multiple-Choice Questions 43
Questions of Fact 44
Questions of Comprehension 47
Questions Requiring the Interpretation of Data 50
Questions Requiring Mathematical Computation 53
Chapter 2 How to Approach the Free-Response Question 61
Preparation for the Free-Response Question 61
Learning the Terminology 62
Apportioning Time 63
Analysis and Dissection of a Free-Response Question 63
Chapter 3 How to Improve the Writing of Answers to Free-Response Questions 70
Vocabulary 70
Presentation 73
Application 73
More Practice in Answering a Free-Response Question 80
Summary 81
Part 3 Area I of Advanced Placement Biology: Molecules and Cells 83
Chapter 4 Biological Chemistry 85
Capsule Concept 85
Vocabulary 85
Compounds and Functional Groups 85
Chemical Reactions 87
Acids, Bases, pH, Buffers 88
Enzymes 90
Chapter 5 Cells 100
Capsule Concept 100
Vocabulary 100
Cell Structures and Functions 101
Cell Division 111
Chapter 6 Energy Transformations 121
Capsule Concept 121
Vocabulary 121
Cellular Respiration 121
Photosynthesis 129
References for Area I Molecules and Cells 140
Part 4 Area II of Advanced Placement Biology: Heredity and Evolution 143
Chapter 7 Molecular Genetics 145
Capsule Concept 145
Vocabulary 145
Historical Search for Genetic Material 146
DNA Structure and Replication 146
About RNA Molecules 149
DNA and Transcription 150
Protein Synthesis 150
Gene Expression 153
Gene Functions and Mutations 160
Viruses and Bacteria 161
Genetic Engineering 161
Chapter 8 Heredity 170
Capsule Concept 170
Vocabulary 170
Mendelian Principles 171
Genetic Versus Infectious Diseases 182
Human Genetic Disorders 183
Chapter 9 Evolution 192
Capsule Concept 192
Vocabulary 192
The Origin of Life 193
Genetics Explains the Evolutionary Process 197
Modern Explanation of Natural Selection 202
References for Area II Heredity and Evolution 209
Part 5 Area III of Advanced Placement Biology: Organisms and Populations 213
Chapter 10 Principles of Taxonomy, Including a Survey of Monera, Protista, and Fungi 215
Capsule Concept 215
Vocabulary 215
Taxonomy 216
Five-Kingdom System of Classification 216
Monera 218
Viruses 219
Protista 220
Fungi 222
Chapter 11 Plants 229
Capsule Concept 229
Vocabulary 229
Survey of the Kingdom Plantae 229
Plant Structures and Functions 236
Plant Hormones 241
Plant Movements 242
Chapter 12 Animals 244
Capsule Concept 244
Vocabulary 244
Survey of the Kingdom Animalia 244
Chapter 13 Modern Concepts of Human Physiology 253
Capsule Concept 253
Vocabulary 253
Hormones 254
Overview of the Nervous System 263
The Structure and Function of Muscle 274
Circulation, Excretion, and Digestion 282
Immunology 296
Human Reproduction and Development 308
Behavior 313
Chapter 14 Modern Concepts of Ecology 316
Capsule Concept 316
Vocabulary 316
Nutritional Relationships 316
Community and Succession 317
Population Size 319
Biogeochemical Cycles 321
The Ecology of Disease Transmission 322
References for Area III Organisms and Populations 330
Part 6 Test Yourself 335
Model AP Biology Examination No. 2 337
Questions 337
Answers 362
Explanations 363
Evaluation of Model AP Examination No. 2 Results 372
Model AP Biology Examination No. 3 375
Questions 375
Answers 403
Explanations 404
Evaluation of Model AP Examination No. 3 Results 414
Model AP Biology Examination No. 4 417
Questions 417
Answers 451
Explanations 452
Evaluation of Model AP Examination No. 2 Results 462
Appendices 465
A. Metric--English Equivalents 465
B. Commonly Used Prefixes and Suffixes 467
C. Textbooks and Other References 469
D. Glossary 472
Index 493
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  • Anonymous

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    Very Detailed but Lacking Organization

    Barron's has very detailed review sections followed by various questions in the chapter to test how well you absorbed the material. Barron's include 4 full-length practice tests so you can gauge your progress. The organization can use a bit of work. There are minimal titles and no BOLDED words. If you use Cliff Notes AP Biology in combination with Barron's you can't go wrong.

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