Ch 27: AP Biology - Laboratory: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Laboratory unit of this AP Biology Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about procedures and scientific models of the biology laboratory. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our AP Biology Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about results and analysis in the biology laboratory. There is no faster or easier way to learn about biology. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about topics such as experimental procedures, the Hardy-Weinberg theorem and differential permeability.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a biology curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a laboratory unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Laboratory Unit Objectives:

  • Examine the process of artificial selection.
  • Learn about mathematical and scientific models.
  • Discuss DNA sequences and evolutionary relationships.
  • Study the processes of diffusion and osmosis.
  • Explain the photosynthesis reaction.
  • Describe cellular respiration.
  • Discover the process by which cell division occurs.
  • Discuss bacterial transformation.
  • Define restriction enzymes and their functions.
  • Explain energy dynamics in the biology laboratory.
  • Learn about transpiration, adhesion and cohesion.
  • Explore the behavior of fruit flies.
  • Study the activities of enzymes.

13 Lessons in Chapter 27: AP Biology - Laboratory: Homeschool Curriculum
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Artificial Selection: Biology Lab

1. Artificial Selection: Biology Lab

Natural selection is a major way that evolution works, but what happens when humans get involved? In this lesson, we'll see how humans influence the characteristics of a population through artificial selection.

Mathematical Modeling - Hardy-Weinberg: Biology Lab

2. Mathematical Modeling - Hardy-Weinberg: Biology Lab

What is a scientific model? How can we create them? How can they be used in biology? In this lesson, you'll answer all of these questions as you explore how a model called the Hardy-Weinberg theorem can be used to predict how a population will change over time.

Comparing DNA Sequences to Understand Evolutionary Relationships with BLAST: Biology Lab

3. Comparing DNA Sequences to Understand Evolutionary Relationships with BLAST: Biology Lab

About 90% of human DNA is the same as mouse DNA, and that's a good thing. In this lesson, you'll explore how scientists use genetic similarities to determine how living things are related.

Diffusion and Osmosis: Biology Lab

4. Diffusion and Osmosis: Biology Lab

Molecules are always on the move thanks to kinetic energy. This energy makes diffusion and osmosis possible, two processes used by cells to maintain homeostasis. In this lab, we'll look how osmosis and diffusion work and what factors affect them.

Photosynthesis: Biology Lab

5. Photosynthesis: Biology Lab

Plants and other organisms that have the pigment chlorophyll can do something that no other living creature can - capture light energy from the sun and use it to make chemical energy through photosynthesis. In this lab, we'll see how we can set up an experiment to measure the rate of this important process.

Cellular Respiration: Biology Lab

6. Cellular Respiration: Biology Lab

Oxygen is essential to life. Without this molecule, we would not be able to complete cellular respiration, the process which creates much of a cell's energy. This lab will explore how we can quantify this process by designing a procedure to measure respiration in germinating seeds.

Cell Division - Mitosis and Meiosis: Biology Lab

7. Cell Division - Mitosis and Meiosis: Biology Lab

Organisms use cell division to replicate, grow, and, in the case of a process called meiosis, to make gametes for reproduction. This lab explores the processes of mitosis and meiosis through both physical and mathematical modeling.

Biotechnology - Bacterial Transformation: Biology Lab

8. Biotechnology - Bacterial Transformation: Biology Lab

Genetic engineering is responsible for medicines, pest-resistance foods, and even denim. In this lesson, you'll explore the process of bacterial transformation, one way in which scientists use genetic engineering to move genes from organism to organism.

Biotechnology - Restriction Enzyme Analysis of DNA: Biology Lab

9. Biotechnology - Restriction Enzyme Analysis of DNA: Biology Lab

As any amateur sleuth knows, DNA is an important part of crime scene analysis. But why is that, and how is it used in the lab? This lesson will explore restriction enzymes analysis of DNA and how it's used to 'fingerprint' suspects in a crime.

Energy Dynamics: Biology Lab

10. Energy Dynamics: Biology Lab

Even young science students know that energy flows through an ecosystem, from the sun to producers to consumers. But what happens, exactly, to that energy? This laboratory explores ecosystem energy dynamics by creating a very simple food chain.

Transpiration: Biology Lab

11. Transpiration: Biology Lab

Transpiration, movement of water from the roots to shoots of a plant, is crucial to a plant's ability to maintain homeostasis. This lab examines both the mechanism of transpiration and the effects of the environment on this important process.

Fruit Fly Behavior: Biology Lab

12. Fruit Fly Behavior: Biology Lab

Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly, is a model organism used in many types of biology experiments. In this lesson, you'll explore how to design an experiment to see how this animal responds to an environmental stimulus.

Enzyme Activity: Biology Lab

13. Enzyme Activity: Biology Lab

The amount of energy necessary to start a biochemical reaction is called activation energy. Special proteins called enzymes lower activation energy, allowing life to exist. In this lesson, explore how enzymes work and see what conditions affect them.

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