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This brand-new Advanced Placement manual is the only book currently on the market that specifically prepares students for the AP Environmental Science Exam. It reviews all important environmental science concepts and problems, including: the flow of energy, its sources, and conversions; the cycling of matter; geology and earth dynamics; the atmosphere, weather, and climate; the biosphere, human history and global distribution; the earth's renewable and nonrenewable resources; measuring environmental quality; global changes; and environmental laws, ethics, and issues. The book's added features include an overview of the test format and test-taking strategies. Two full-length practice tests are presented with questions answered and explained.
|Publisher:||Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated|
|Edition description:||Older Edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.75(w) x 10.87(h) x (d)|
Table of Contents· Part I: Introductions and Strategies
Study Guide Checklist
Format of the AP Environmental Science Exam
Topics Covered by the AP Environment Science Exam
Questions Commonly Asked About the AP Environmental Science Exam
Strategies for Taking the Environmental Science Exam
· Part II: Specific Topics
· UNIT I: INTERDEPENDENCE OF EARTH'S SYSTEMS - FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS
Chapter 1: Energy
Chapter 2: The Cycling of Matter
Chapter 3: The Solid Earth
Chapter 4: The Atmosphere
Chapter 5: The Biosphere
· UNIT II: HUMAN POPULATION DYNAMICS
Chapter 6: Human History and Global Distribution
· UNIT III: RENEWABLE AND NONRENEWABLE RESOURCES: DISTRIBUTION, OWNERSHIP, USE, AND DEGRADATION
Chapter 7: Water
Chapter 8: Food and Other Agricultural Products
Chapter 9: Land
· UNIT IV: ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
Chapter 10: Air, Water, and Soil Pollution
Chapter 11: Solid Waste
Chapter 12: Human Health
· UNIT V: GLOBAL CHANGES AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES
Chapter 13: Cause and Effect Relationships
· UNIT VI: ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY: TRADE-OFFS AND DECISION MAKING
Chapter 14: Economic Forces
Chapter 15: Environmental Ethics
Chapter 16: Environmental History, Laws, and Regulations: Regional, National, and International
· Part III: Practice Exams
Practice Exam 1
Practice Exam 2
Appendix I: Units and Measurement
Appendix II: Comparative Statistics
Appendix III: Less-Developed and More-Developed Countries
Appendix IV: Comparison of Environmental Indicators for Selected Countries
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
this is probably the best review book in the market today. i felt extremely confident reading this book while preparing for the test. i felt it did an extremely good job summarizing the key concepts and providing extra relevant information for each subject. by the way i got a 5 on the ap test. i had recieved a 2 on a practice test i took in class but after preparing with this book i was able to score a 5 on the real test. buy this book if you want to pass the class!!!!
A review for the AP test should summarize the main concepts concisely and adequatly to prepare you for the real test. The review section is more like a textbook, and the practice tests are unrealistic. For example, the College Board will not ask you for the percise number of cm that the ocean has risen or the environmental issue explored in Erin Brockovich. Choose another book.
I will be using this book as a review tool for my AP class. I think that 'smart' allecky AP over-achievers who rate this book as horrible and are hung up on 'raw data' need to rethink their stand. 'Raw data' can be bought and sold and 'doctored' and then passed off as authentic to suit greedy goals, thus justifying the destructive path this country and its 'humans' can continue with their selfish lavish Earth-degrading lifestyle. Somehow I can't think of any other species who deliberately turns Earth's rivers, oceans, air, and soil into cess pools just to make a quick buck and then move on to find another place to pollute and stupidly calling it progress, can you? The poor and the rich humans are to blame for Earth's wildlife woes. Thus the book adequately points this out and I am very pleased. But placing blame is not going to matter when continued Earth degradation will eventually catch up to us in the most destructive ways as Mother Nature continues to unleash her awesome power in coming years. Oh, yes, and by the way, have you thanked an environmentalist lately? Our food and water are already questionable but would be a lot worse if we didn't have them to keep a watchful eye on the greedy 'human' polluters who want to weaken our legislation that protects us.
I think it is a good book, although it does give too much information. It depends on the studying skills of the reader. The information is very well organized, easy to understand, and it makes sense. It does go too much in-depth but if you have time to study, it is worthwhile. I bought the book a two weeks ago and have used it everyday. Other books by Barron's such as the AP US History study guide has a different format, so you should only buy it if it makes what you are trying to understand easier instead of more confusing.
This book has way too much useless information. Too much data that is not needed to prepare for the test. Don't waste your money.
this book is a waste of your money doesnt have enough information
Like most people who buy this literature, it is purchased in order to review for the AP test. It is meant as a summation of the major facts and concepts that the College Board could test over. However, Mr. Thorpe and his Barrons buddies seem to have had different plans when writing this book. It is a detailed description of numerous facts and factoids with much too much raw data to use in a general review for a test. It uses extensive lists of details and never comes to conclusions. It seems to be a sorry attempt at making a textbook. But in reality, that is what it is, de facto: a bad textbook not worth your money. Furthermore, Thorpe seems overly giddy to blame us evil humans for Earths woes and only mention statist interventions as solutions and never comments on the 'lack of raw data' that the UN's council on climate change came to as conclusion in regards to global warming. His faith in human induced global climate change is as rabid as a catholic schoolboy¿s belief in his Hail Mary¿s. It is almost to the point of mystical fanaticism. We can always assume socialist bias in the academia; however, this is unapologetic bias and pure delusion. Maybe if the book had summaries of theories, of ideas, of needed information (instead, for example, of how EVERY type of molecule helps or hurts humans and lengthy list of other 'factoids'), the leftist slant could be looked over. However, with its dry tone, with its extensive over listing and under explaining, with its obvious bias, this book is not worth the biomass necessary to create it and should simply be taken out of publication until someone capable of the job can write a worthwhile review.