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Month:Week/ # of daysLab Activities (1 day):NotesRequired CalculationsLong-Term Labs (<1 weeks):
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Auguststudent designed
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August 28-311 # 3.5 (Tues/ Min day)Rock, Pond, Boats (2nd day), Biodiversity (over the weekend), M& M statisticsEcologyChi-square/ t-test; biomassNew Lab # 10 Energy Dynamics (Cabbage moths and Fast Plants) (time line, ??? Carolina)
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September 4-72# 4 (Mon Labor day)Pepper Lab, (population lab)Chi-square/ t-test/mode/median/std error/std devNew Lab # 12 Behavior, sowbugs brine shrimp (3 days)
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Sept. 10-143# 5 Biological Inquiry: Ecology Back to the Bay Taped gull distress calls are used at a Chesapeake Bay marina to control an annoying gull population. Topics
covered: animal behavior, population biology, characteristics of
aquatic biomes, human population impacts, and conservation.
Population growth equation (dN/dt=B-D); Logistic Growth dN/dt= RmaxN * (k-N)/K; Exponential: dN/dt= RmaxNSpecies Interaction/Dissolved Oxygen (Carolina) (2 days+)
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Sept. 17-214# 5TestDO= mgO2/L * 0.698= mL O2/L; mLO2/L * 0536 = mg Carbon fixed/L
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Sept 24-285 #5ToothpickaseChemistry, Enzymes, ThermodynamicsR^2 value, rate (slope); Gibbs Free Energy, DeltaG=DeltaH-TdeltaS; pH= -log[H^+]Lab # 13 Enzyme (Flinn) 3-4 days
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Oct 1-46 #4 (Friday Staff Dev)Test
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Oct 8-127 #5Clay catalyzed RNA polymerization activity, cell size lab, Biological Inquiry: The Cell Bean Brew A new transgenic fungus enhances the production of soy sauce. Topics covered: fermentation, metabolic pathways, bioenergetics, and respiration.Origin of Life, Cells, Cell membranesNew Lab Origin of Life (Carolina Biological)
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Oct 15-198 # 5Case StudyMembranes, Excretory, Psi equation=Psi-s + Psi-P; Psi-s= -1CRTNew Lab #4 Diffusion & Osmosis Lab (4 days)
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Oct 22-269 #5Case Study: my dog is broken?Cell Signaling Neurons, G proteins, etc. http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/collection/detail.asp?case_id=261&id=261
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Oct 29-31/Nov 1-210 #5Test
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Nov 5-911 # 5Cellular Respiration /PhotosynthesisRate (rise/run or slope); PV=nRT; Q10=(K2/K1)^(10/T2-T1) (K=rate, T=temp)New Lab #6 Cellular Respiration ( 3days)
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Nov 13-1612 # 4 (Mon Veteran's Day)TestET-50 (estimated time for 50% disks to float); light response curveNew Lab #5 (use old lab) Photosynthesis (3 days)
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Thanksgiving0
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Nov 26-3013 # 5Mitosis, Cell Cycle Cell Signaling Neurons, G proteins, etc.Chi-squareNew Lab: #7: Cell Division Mitosis (Flinn)/ Meiosis (later)
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Dec 3-714 #5Cell Signaling & Disease project Biological Inquiry: Shh: Silencing the Hedgehog Pathway A diagnosis of skin cancer leads to the hedgehog signaling pathway. Topics
covered: cell signaling, antagonists, gene expression and development,
stem cells, and monoclonal antibodies as research tools.
make an assignment... for cell signaling, find an activity my dog is broken? http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/collection/detail.asp?case_id=261&id=261
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Dec 10-1415 # 5DNA/RNA/ Central DogmaTransformation Efficiency=total # colonies/ amt DNA (micrograms); DNA conc in microgram/mL * vol DNA microliters; Fraction DNA used = volume spread on plate microliters/total sample volume in microliters; BP vs distance migrated for DNA bands standard curveNew lab #8: pGlo with extension into DNA plasmid from DNA fingerprinting
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Dec 17-2116 #5activity, Biological Inquiry: Genetics The Donor’s Dilemma A blood donor may have been exposed to West Nile virus. Topics covered: protein synthesis, viral genomes, genomics, and transmission pathways. Gene Regulation (siRNA, RNAi, etc)GMO lab (biotechnology) (BioRad)
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Jan 7-1116 #5Plant Form and Function Corn Under Construction Growers discuss the management of BT corn crops. Topics covered: angiosperm anatomy and reproduction, biotechnology, and agriculture.Plant regulation, animal regulation (endrocrine)
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Jan 14-1817 # 5Bioethics: Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks, or something
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Finals Jan 22-2518 final (21 MLK bd)
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2nd Semester Jan 29-Feb 1 # 4 (Mon Tchr Wk Day)Sordaria ActivityMeiosis/ Mendelian Genetics/ EpigeneticsStart Fly Lab (4 weeks) Fruit Fly Epigenetics (see AP Community Resources)
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Feb 4-82 #5Corn Activity
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Feb 11-153 #5Biological Inquiry: Mechanisms of Evolution Tree Thinking When identifying unknown meat, alleged to be whale, students use biotechnology tools to find new ways to determine relationships between
related organisms. Topics covered: phylogeny, classification, and forensics using DNA analysis.
EvolutionHardy Weinberg Equations: p^2+2pq+q^2; p+q=1Hardy Weinberg computer simulation (New Lab) & PV 92 (BioRad)
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Feb 19-224 #4 (Mon Pres Day)Bioinformatics Lab #3 (new in NABT May 2012)Fish Lab/ Proteomics Lab (BioRad)
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Feb 25- Mar 15 #5
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Mar 4-76 #4 (Fri Staff Dev)Biodiveristy & Microbiology & PlantsEnd Fly Lab??? may need another 3 weeks or so)
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Mar 11-157 #5Rates, stomata density, surface areaLab # 11 Transpiration
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Mar 18-228 #5Body Systems
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Apr 1-59 #5Pandemic Flu: Past and Possible The oral history of a survivor of the 1918 flu epidemic contrasts with what we know today about pandemic flu. Topics
covered: immune response, viral structure, transmission and
reproduction, informing the public, epidemiology modeling, and pandemic
planning.
Immune
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Apr 8-1210 #5http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/files/girl_or_boy_notes.pdfEndocrine: Is it a boy or girl case study make an assignment... for cell signaling, find an activity my dog is broken? http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/collection/detail.asp?case_id=261&id=261
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Apr 15-1911 # 3-5 days STAR?Escape from planet soma http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/collection/detail.asp?case_id=581&id=581 or Bad Fish: http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/collection/detail.asp?case_id=540&id=540 Nervous System
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Apr 22-2612 # 3-5 days STAR?Embryology, Development, review for final
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Apr 29-May 313 class final exam
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May 6-10review
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May 13-17AP exam
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