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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Quizlet Study Guide - Ecology

Study your Chapters 3, 4, & 5 notes as well as the practice (Smart Board Games, practice food webs, etc.) that we worked on in class.

Be able to...
  • Identify the different trophic levels that exist in a food web including producers, consumers, herbivores, omnivores, carnivores, and decomposers/detrivores.
  • Identify the different relationships that exist in a food web including predator/prey and competition.
  • Identify the primary and secondary consumers in a food web.
  • Identify the individual that are the most/least numerous, contain the most/least energy, and contain the most/least total mass.
  • Identify how much energy is used as it passes from one trophic level to the next
  • Match the different nutrient cycles to a description of each.
  • Explain the different symbiotic relationships that exist including mutualism, commensalism, and paracitism.
  • Provided an example, identify a relationship as predator/prey, competition, mutualism, commensalism, or paracitism.
  • Explain what factors can cause a population to increase, decrease, or stay the same.
  • Identify features of a population including: exponential growth, logistic growth, carrying capacity.
  • Differentiate between density dependent growth factors which only affect large, crowded populations vs. density independent growth factors that affect all sized populations.
  • Define and/or use the following:
    • Food web
    • Tophic level
    • Producer
    • Consumer
    • Herbivore
    • Omnivore
    • Carnivore
    • Primary consumer
    • Secondary consumer
    • Decomposer/Detrivore
    • Water cycle
    • Evaporation
    • Condensation
    • Precipitation
    • Nitrogen cycle
    • Nitrogen fixation
    • Denitrification
    • Carbon cycle
    • Phosphorous cycle
    • Mutualism
    • Commensalism
    • Paracitism
    • Exponential growth
    • Logistic growth
    • Carrying capacity
    • Density dependant growth factor
    • Density independent growth factor

Sunday, June 01, 2014

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Answers to Spring 2013 Multiple MCAS Choice Questions (w/ MA Success Rates)

19) D 79%
20) C 71%
21) A 84%
22) C 62%
23) A 79%
24) C 67%
25) D 58%
26) C 93%
27) B 77%
28) A 68%
29) C 83%
30) C 68%
31) A 79%
32) D 89%
33) C 73%
34) B 66%
35) A 65%
36) C 56%
37) B 79%
38) D 74%
39) B 65%
40) C 87%

Friday, May 23, 2014

Biology MCAS/Final Exam Study Guide

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Chapter 5-2 Limits to Growth Notes

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Chapter 5-1 How Populations Grow Notes

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Chapter 4-2 What Shapes an Ecosystem Notes

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Chapter 3-3 Cycles of Matter Notes

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Chapter 3-2 Energy Flow Notes

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Chapter 3-1 What is Ecology? Notes

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Quizlet Study Guide - Anatomy 2

Study your Chapters 37-1 & 37-2 (Circulatory/Lymphatic System), Chapters 37-3 (Respiratory System), and  Chapters 38-2 & 38-3 (Digestive/Excretory System System) notes as well as the practice (Smart Board Games, etc.) that we worked on in class.

Be able to...
  • Explain the role of the circulatory & lymphatic systems
  • Explain the path of the blood as it travels from the lungs to the heart, heart to the cells of the body, back to the heart, then from the heart to the lungs. Explain the changes that occur to the blood with regards to oxygen and carbon dioxide content.
  • Identify the different regions of the heart including the atrium and ventricle, identifying where blood enters and leaves the heart as well as the connection to arteries & veins.
  • Explain the role of arteries, capillaries, and veins in the transfer of blood as well as the delivery of materials to the cells throughout the body.
  • Identify the components and the quantities of plasma and red blood cells in suspended blood.
  • Explain the role of the liver and kidneys in filtering blood. Remember, they are just as much a part of the circulatory system as they are the excretory system. make note of certain chemicals that are filtered out as well as how their are removed from the blood and/or body.
  • Explain the role of the respiratory system.
  • Explain the path air follows as it travels into the body making note of the pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi, alveoli, and lungs.
  • Explain how air is cleaned and warmed before it enters the lungs.
  • Explain how the gas exchange occurs in the alveloi with the blood in the nearby capillaries.
  • Explain how the movement of the diaphragm causes the lungs to inhale and exhale air.
  • Explain the role of the digestive and excretory systems.
  • Explain the path food/chyme follows as it travels into and through the body making note of the pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine.
  • Explain the types of digestion that occur in the mouth. Note what enzyme occurs in saliva and the substrate it breaks down.
  • Identify the organ in which most of the digestion of a food takes place.
  • Identify the organ in which most of the nutrient absorption takes place.
  • Describe the environment within the stomach noting certain chemicals and enzymes that exist in it.
  • Explain how the liver and pancreas affect the chyme as it enters the small intestine. Note the role of bile.
  • Explain how villi in the small intestine exchange nutrients in the food for waste in the blood stream.
  • Identify the role and characteristics of the large intestine.
  • Note that the rectum is a part of the excretory system.
  • Define and/or use the following:
    • Circulatory system
    • Atrium
    • Ventricle
    • Artery
    • Capillary
    • Vein
    • Lymphatic system
    • Lymph
    • Liver
    • Kidneys
    • Plasma
    • Respiratory system
    • Pharynx
    • Larynx
    • Trachea
    • Bronchi
    • Alveoli
    • Cillia
    • Diaphragm
    • Digestive system
    • Esophagus
    • Stomach
    • Small intestine
    • Large intestine
    • Pancreas
    • Liver
    • Villi
    • Excretory system
    • Rectum

Chapter 38-2 & 38-3 Digestive/Excretory System Notes

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Chapter 37-3 Respiratory System Notes

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Chapter 37-1 & 37-2 CirculatoryLymphatic System Notes

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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Quizlet Study Guide - Anatomy 1

Study your Chapter 35-1 (Human Organ Systems), Chapters 35-2 & 35-3 (Nervous System), Chapter 39-1 (Endocrine System), and  Chapters 36-1 & 36-2 (Skeletal/Muscular System) notes as well as the practice (Smart Board Games, etc.) that we worked on in class.

Be able to...
  • Match the name of any organ system to its function in the human body.
  • Explain the levels of organization of a complex organism (like ourselves) from the largest (organism) down through smallest (cells).
  • Identify what all the organ system work together to strive to maintain.
  • Identify the four types of tissue and explain what role they play in organs.
  • Explain the roles of the nervous system.
  • Identify the function and parts of the central nervous system.
  • Describe the peripheral nervous system. Describe the autonomic nervous system.
  • Describe the structure of a neuron, identifying the dendrites and the axon as well as the direction an impulse travels through a neuron.
  • Distinguish between a motor and a sensory neuron, especially with regards to their orientation within the body and the direction they relay an impulse.
  • Explain how a signal is transferred across a synapse using neurotransmitters.
  • Explain the roles of the endocrine system.
  • Identify how the nervous and endocrine systems are similar and how they are different.
  • Explain how an endocrine response/signal is different from a nervous response/signal. 
  • Explain the roles of hormones and glands within the endocrine system.
  • Identify different functions the skeletal system plays within the body.
  • Identify and describe other components within the skeletal system beside bone including cartilage, ligaments, and tendons.
  • Differentiate between a tendon and a ligament.
  • Explain what a joint is within the skeletal system.
  • Distinguish between the three types of muscle: skeletal, smooth, and cardiac.
  • Explain how a muscle causes movement.
  • Explain the role of myosin and actin in muscle cells.
  • Define and/or use the following:
    • Organ system
    • Organ
    • Tissue
    • Epithelial tissue
    • Connective tissue
    • Nervous tissue
    • Muscular tissue
    • Nervous system
    • Cenral nervous system (CNS)
    • Peripheral nervous system (PNS)
    • Autonomic nervous system (ANS)
    • Neuron
    • Impulse
    • Sensory neuron
    • Motor neuron
    • Dendrite
    • Axon
    • Synapse
    • Neurotransmitter
    • Endocrine system
    • Hormones
    • Glands
    • Skeletal system
    • Bone marrow
    • Cartiliage
    • Ligament
    • Joint
    • Muscular system
    • Tendon
    • Skeletal muscle
    • Smooth muscle
    • Cardiac muscle
    • Myosin & actin