One of our themes for our class is understanding and describing mechanisms of action. Basically this is the physical interactions that lead to any outcome, including life. At its simplest, biology can be explained in terms of the interactions of atoms, ions, and molecules. This will be used to explain not only the formation and structure of cells, but all of their functions. Because of this, our first unit is committed to studying the properties of these particles that underlie the rest of what we will study in Biology. Those of you moving on to chemistry next year, will also find this primer useful.
Study Guides to help prepare students for quizzes and exams.Students should treat these guides as practice quizzes/tests: Review your notes and other materials from class, then take a break. After a while, come back to these study guides and, without reviewing or looking at your notes respond as fully as possible in writing to define each vocabulary word, and answer each short-answer objective. If you don't know an answer, or are unsure, mark it as as a reminder of such to yourself, and then continue without reviewing your notes. When you have worked through the entire study guide, then go back to your notes and check your work. Your next round of studies should focus on what you didn't know or were unsure of. Repeat as time allows!