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Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

AP Biology Online Exam Review

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This online course is designed to help you prepare for the AP Biology Exam. Taught by master AP Biology teacher Anne Gill, this short course focuses on two topics: Math and Statistics and Phylogenetic Trees. Questions relating to these two topics will show up in the multiple choice and free response sections of the AP Biology Exam. This course will allow you to take a closer look at these topics and apply the concepts learned to the exam problems, as well as review resources. Most importantly, you will have an opportunity to interact with a master teacher to ask questions and clarify your understanding of the material.

Topics to be addressed:

Module One: Math and Statistics

  • Mean, Median and Mode Using Experimental Data
  • Standard Deviation and Standard Error of the Mean
  • Finding the Different Components of the Chi-Squared Formula
  • Looking at Water Potential and How it Affects Living Cells
  • Module One Objectives
    • After completing module one, students will be able to:
      • Provide mean, median and mode from data given
      • Find the variables of standard deviation from given data as well as through experiment
      • Explain variables of standard deviation in comparison to the data
      • Apply standard deviation to find standard errors of the mean
      • Apply chi-squared formula to come up with statistical analysis of given data
      • Use water potential equation to find the solute potential

Module Two: Phylogenetic Trees

  • Phylogenetic Trees and Their Relationship
  • Phylogenetic Trees and their Relationship (continued)
  • Constructing a Phylogenetic Tree
  • Module Two Objectives
    • After completing module two, students will be able to:
      • Interpret a phylogenetic tree
      • Construct a phylogenetic tree

Instructor Anne Gill is a teacher in the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District. She has taught Chemistry Honors, Aquatics, Anatomy and Physiology throughout her 15 years as an educator – 10 of which have been dedicated to teaching AP Biology and learning as much as possible about the course. The AP Biology program at her school has grown since she started teaching and averages 120 students each year. Ms. Gill spent many summers taking classes about AP Biology, and now, she spends them teaching course material to other teachers and students. She is currently an AP Biology consultant for the National Mathematics and Science Initiative, and for the past four years, she has been an AP reader and will continue utilizing her skills as a reader in 2016. Ms. Gill has received multiple awards including the 2006 Local Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year, the 2013 Outstanding Biology Teacher for the state of Texas and was inducted into the Cypress Fairbanks Wall of Fame that same year. Ms. Gill is currently the secretary and treasurer for the Texas Association of Biology Teachers. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where she received her bachelor’s in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, and is currently working on her master’s in biology through the University of Illinois.

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