AP Biology All Access

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AP Biology All Access by Amy Slack, Melissa Kinard

All Access for the AP® Biology Exam
Book + Web + Mobile


Everything you need to prepare for the Advanced Placement® exam, in a study system built around you!

There are many different ways to prepare for an Advanced Placement® exam. What's best for you depends on how much time you have to study and how comfortable you are with the subject matter. To score your highest, you need a system that can be customized to fit you: your schedule, your learning style, and your current level of knowledge.

This book, and the free online tools that come with it, will help you personalize your AP® Biology prep by testing your understanding, pinpointing your weaknesses, and delivering flashcard study materials unique to you.

The REA AP® All Access system allows you to create a personalized study plan through three simple steps: targeted review of exam content, assessment of your knowledge, and focused study in the topics where you need the most help.

Here's how it works:

Review the Book:
Study the topics tested on the AP® Biology exam and learn proven AP® strategies that will help you tackle any question you may see on test day.

Test Yourself and Get Feedback:
As you review the book, test yourself with 7 end-of-chapter quizzes, plus 2 mini-tests. Score reports from your online tests and quizzes give you a fast way to pinpoint what you really know and what you should spend more time studying.

Improve Your Score:
Armed with your score reports, you can personalize your study plan. Review the parts of the book where you are weakest, and use the REA Study Center to create your own unique AP® Biology e-flashcards, adding to the 100 free cards included with this book.

Visit The REA Study Center for a suite of online tools:
The best way to personalize your study plan is to get frequent feedback on what you know and what you don't. At the online REA Study Center, you can access three types of assessment: topic-level quizzes, mini-tests, and a full-length practice test. Each of these tools provides true-to-format questions and delivers a detailed score report that follows the topics set by the College Board®.

Topic-Level Quizzes
Short, 15-minute online quizzes are available throughout the review and are designed to test your immediate grasp of the topics just covered.

Mini-Tests
Two online mini-tests cover what you've studied for AP® Biology. These tests are like the actual AP® exam, only shorter, and will help you evaluate your overall understanding of the subject.

Full-Length Practice Test
After you've finished reviewing the book, take a full-length AP® Biology exam to practice under test-day conditions. Available both in the book and online, this test gives you the most complete picture of your strengths and weaknesses. We strongly recommend that you take the online version of the exam for the added benefits of timed testing, automatic scoring, and a detailed score report.

Improving Your Score: e-Flashcards
With your score reports from the quizzes and tests, you'll be able to see exactly which AP® Biology topics you need to review. Use this information to create your own flashcards for the areas where you are weak. And, because you will create these flashcards through the REA Study Center, you'll be able to access them from any computer or smartphone. Not quite sure what to put on your flashcards? Start with the 100 free cards included when you buy this book.

This complete AP® test prep package comes with a customized study schedule and expert test-taking strategies and tips.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738610818
Publisher: Research & Education Association
Publication date: 09/27/2013
Series: Advanced Placement (AP) All Access Series
Edition description: First
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 783,745
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

Amy Slack, Ph.D., teaches AP® Biology and Honors Biology at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Slack earned her B.S. in Biology from Centre College and her M.S. in Biology from Georgia State University. Serving as a teaching assistant during graduate school prompted her to change her career path to education and to complete her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Science Curriculum and Instruction.

Melissa Kinard, Ph.D., taught all levels of biology, including AP® Biology, Physical Science and Chemistry in the Gwinnett County Public School system for more than 25 years. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Science Education from Georgia State University. In 2007, Ms. Kinard was named Teacher of the Year by Duluth High School students.

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Welcome to REA’s All Access for AP Biology

A new, more effective way to prepare for your AP exam

There are many different ways to prepare for an AP exam. What's best for you depends on how much time you have to study and how comfortable you are with the subject matter. To score your highest, you need a system that can be customized to fit you: your schedule, your learning style, and your current level of knowledge.

This book, and the free online tools that come with it, will help you personalize your AP prep by testing your understanding, pinpointing your weaknesses, and delivering flashcard study materials unique to you.

Let’s get started and see how this system works.

How to Use REA’s AP All Access
The REA AP All Access system allows you to create a personalized study plan through three simple steps: targeted review of exam content, assessment of your knowledge, and focused study in the topics where you need the most help.

Here's how it works:

Review the Book: Study the topics tested on the AP exam and learn proven strategies that will help you tackle any question you may see on test day.

Test Yourself & Get Feedback: As you review the book, test yourself. Score reports from your free online tests and quizzes give you a fast way to pinpoint what you really know and what you should spend more time studying.

Improve Your Score: Armed with your score reports, you can personalize your study plan. Review the parts of the book where you are weakest, and use the REA Study Center to create your own unique e-flashcards, adding to the 100 free cards included with this book.

Finding Your Weaknesses: The REA Study Center
The best way to personalize your study plan and truly focus on your weaknesses is to get frequent feedback on what you know and what you don't. At the online REA Study Center, you can access three types of assessment: topic-level quizzes, mini-tests, and a full-length practice test. Each of these tools provides true-to-format questions and delivers a detailed score report that follows the topics set by the College Board.

Topic-Level Quizzes
Short online quizzes are available throughout the review and are designed to test your immediate grasp of the topics just covered.

Mini-Tests
Two online mini-tests cover what you've studied in each half of the book. These tests are like the actual AP exam, only shorter, and will help you evaluate your overall understanding of the subject.

Full-Length Practice Test
After you've finished reviewing the book, take our full-length exam to practice under test-day conditions. Available both in this book and online, this test gives you the most complete picture of your strengths and weaknesses. We strongly recommend that you take the online version of the exam for the added benefits of timed testing, automatic scoring and a detailed score report.

Improving Your Score: e-Flashcards
Once you get your score reports from the online quizzes and tests, you'll be able to see exactly which topics you need to review. Use this information to create your own flashcards for the areas where you are weak. And, because you will create these flashcards through the REA Study Center, you'll be able to access them from any computer or smartphone.

Not quite sure what to put on your flashcards? Start with the 100 free cards included when you buy this book.

After the Full-Length Practice Test: Crash Course
After finishing this book and taking our full-length practice exam, pick up REA's Crash Course for AP Biology. Use your most recent score reports to identify any areas where you are still weak, and turn to the Crash Course for a rapid review presented in a concise outline style.

Table of Contents

About Research & Education Association
Acknowledgments
About Our Authors

Chapter 1: Welcome to REA’s All Access for AP Biology

Chapter 2: Strategies for the Exam
What Will I See on the AP Biology Exam?
What’s the Score?
Section I: Strategies for the Multiple-Choice and Grid-In Sections of the Exam
Achieving Multiple-Choice Success
The Grid-In Questions
Section II: Strategies for the Free-Response Section of the Exam
Achieving Free-Response Success
A Sample Response

Big Idea 1: The Process of Evolution Drives the Diversity and Unity of Life

Chapter 3: Natural Selection and Evolution
Contributing Ideas to Darwin’s Descent with Modification
Natural Selection

Chapter 4: Evolution: An Ongoing Process
Population Genetics and Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium
Phenotypic Variation
Speciation
Quiz 1

Chapter 5: Common Ancestry and Models of Evolutionary History
Common Ancestry
Models of Evolutionary History

Chapter 6: The Origin of Life
Origin of Life—Hypothesis and Evidence
Earth’s History and the Origin of Life
Extinction and Adaptive Radiation

Chapter 7: AP Biology Labs: Evolution
Lab 1: Artificial Selection
Lab 2: Mathematical Modeling—Using Hardy-Weinberg
Lab 3: Comparing DNA Sequences—BLAST Lab
Quiz 2

Big Idea 2: Biological Systems Utilize Free Energy and Molecular Building Blocks to Grow, to Reproduce, and to Maintain Dynamic Homeostasis.

Chapter 8: Energy and Matter
Energy Changes–The Chemistry of Life
Modes of Energy Capture
Matter
Biological Chemistry
Water
Monomers and Polymers
Biological Molecules
Enzymes

Chapter 9: Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
Photosynthesis
Fermentation and Cellular Respiration
Fermentation

Chapter 10: Cellular Structure, Membranes, and Transport
Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes
The Endomembrane System and Eukaryotic Organelles
Cell Membrane Structure
Cell Membrane Transport
Quiz 3

Chapter 11: Homeostasis
Homeostasis in Plants and Animals
Coordinated Cooperation—Organelles
Cells, Tissues, and Organs
Organ and Systems Interaction
Negative and Positive Feedback Mechanisms
Evolutionary Similarities and Examples
Disruptions of Homeostasis

Chapter 12: Reproduction, Growth, and Development
Reproductive Process of All Land Plants
Plant Growth and Development
Reproduction
Animal Development

Chapter 13: AP Biology Labs: Biological Processes and Energetics
Lab 4: Diffusion and Osmosis
Lab 5: Photosynthesis
Lab 6: Respiration
Quiz 4
Mini-Test 1

Big Idea 3: Living Systems Store, Retrieve, Transmit, and Respond to Information Essential to Life Processes

Chapter 14: DNA Structure and Replication and RNA Structure and Gene Expression
Key Concepts
Discovery of DNA as the Genetic Material
DNA Structure
DNA Replication
RNA Compared to DNA
Transcription
Translation

Chapter 15: Cell Cycle, Mitosis, and Meiosis
Overview
The Cell Cycle
Meiosis
The Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance
Quiz 5

Chapter 16: Regulation of Gene Expression and Genetic Variation
Overview
Gene Regulation in Prokaryotes
Gene Regulation in Eukaryotes
Applications of Genetic Engineering
Genotype Affects Phenotype
Viral Replication

Chapter 17: Cell Communication
Cell Communication
Chemical Signaling
Signal Transduction

Chapter 18: Information Transmission
Information Exchange
Cognition
Regulation of Behavior

Chapter 19: AP Biology Labs: Genetics
Lab 7: Mitosis and Meiosis
Lab 8: Bacterial Transformation
Lab 9: Restriction Enzyme Analysis
Quiz 6

Big Idea 4: Biological Systems Interact, and These Systems and Their Interactions Possess Complex Properties

Chapter 20: Interactions
Communities
Movement of Matter and Energy

Chapter 21: Competition and Cooperation
Molecular Interactions
Organism Interactions
Population Interactions
Distribution of Ecosystems

Chapter 22: Environmental Interactions
Molecular Variation
Environmental Effects on Genotype
Population Dynamics
Biodiversity

Chapter 23: AP Biology Labs: Biological Interactions
Lab 10: Energy Dynamics
Lab 11: Transpiration
Lab 12: Fruit Fly Behavior
Lab 13: Enzyme Action
Quiz 7
Mini-Test 2

Practice Exam
Answer Key
Detailed Explanations of Answers

Glossary

Appendix: AP Biology Equations and Formulas

Index

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