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Ch 12: AP Biology - DNA Replication: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The DNA Replication chapter of this AP Biology Help and Review course is the simplest way to master DNA. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of DNA replication.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering AP Biology material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn AP Biology. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding double helices, leading strands and DNA replication
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning science (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about DNA replication
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra science learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the DNA replication chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the DNA replication chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any DNA replication question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a DNA replication unit of a standard AP Biology course. Topics covered include:

  • Defining DNA replication
  • Unwinding the double helix in DNA
  • Initiating DNA replication with polymerase and RNA
  • Leading strands
  • Replication bubbles and enzymes

7 Lessons in Chapter 12: AP Biology - DNA Replication: Help and Review
What Is DNA Replication? - Conservative, Semi-Conservative & Dispersive Models

1. What Is DNA Replication? - Conservative, Semi-Conservative & Dispersive Models

How do we know that DNA replication is semi-conservative? How do we know it's not conservative or dispersive? Let's follow the famous experiment by Meselson and Stahl to find out!

How Helicase Unwinds the DNA Double Helix in Preparation for Replication

2. How Helicase Unwinds the DNA Double Helix in Preparation for Replication

How does semi-conservative replication begin? Discover how DNA helicase creates a replication fork to unwind the complicated DNA molecule and allow daughter strands to form on the parental template.

How DNA Polymerase and RNA Primase Initiate DNA Replication

3. How DNA Polymerase and RNA Primase Initiate DNA Replication

How do enzymes assist in starting DNA replication? In this lesson, we explore the work of a contributing enzyme, DNA polymerase, and learn how the RNA primer is made by the action of RNA primase.

DNA Replication: The Leading Strand and DNA Polymerase Activities

4. DNA Replication: The Leading Strand and DNA Polymerase Activities

How does replication occur in the antiparallel DNA molecule? In this lesson, explore the significance of the leading and lagging strands, and learn how Okazaki fragments and RNA ligase make DNA replication possible.

DNA Replication: Review of Enzymes, Replication Bubbles & Leading and Lagging Strands

5. DNA Replication: Review of Enzymes, Replication Bubbles & Leading and Lagging Strands

Feeling lost in the thorny details of DNA replication? This lesson provides an overview of semi-conservative replication, with a focus on putting together all of the concepts involved. We'll review the work of each enzyme on our way to completing the big picture of DNA replication.

James Watson: Contributions & Double Helix

6. James Watson: Contributions & Double Helix

This lesson will discuss the life and scientific contributions of James Watson, the American biochemist who was part of the team responsible for the discovery of the structure of the double helix. Once finished, review what you learned with a quiz.

Okazaki Fragments: Definition & Overview

7. Okazaki Fragments: Definition & Overview

Learn what Okazaki fragments are and how they are formed during the process of DNA replication. There is a short quiz to follow to see how well you understand the lesson.

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