AP BIOLOGY WHAT TO EXPECT The AP Biology program at Greenhill will present you with a challenging, fast-paced college- level biology program. The only thing I can say to you is that you asked for it!! GOALS: 1) To experience the Biology knowledge that can only be understood with a chemistry foundation. 2) To engage in sophisticated individual lab experiences 3) To prepare for the Advanced Placement Test in Biology DETAILS: Our class will meet 7 or 8 times a week: Three single periods for Lecture Two double periods for Lab Friday, G Block for Homework Review On some weeks we will replace days off with a lab on Friday If you owe me homework on Friday, I will expect you during G block to work on it. I am available to your for review, assistance, etc. during those "scheduled" blocks when we are not meeting as a class. Please bring your textbook to class. I will be referring to it. You may wish to add notes to the book during class. Use your study guide, CD Rom and Web Site resources!! I know this stuff. You’re the one who benefits from your efforts to understand. Assignment Sheets will be distributed for each unit. The better prepared you are, the more you will gain each lecture. We may start the day with a quiz. Your grade will be determined roughly by the following formula: Tests 50% (Final exam will count as 2 tests) Labs 30% Homework, Quizzes 20% Students who obtain a 3.0 or better on tests and quizzes will not be required to submit homework for the next assignment sheet. This is subject to change. Can I be bribed? Possibly, but you can't afford me. You will be responsible for the maintenance of your lab area. Labs will be graded in regard to completeness, accuracy, results, and clean-up. Lab information will be included on your tests. Tests missed due to absences will be treated according to the student handbook. Late work will be penalized one grade quanta per day. This year I mean it. Quizzes missed will not be made up. There is a certain amount of “give” in the quiz grade, so that missing a quiz or two is not fatal AP Biology Expectations Page 2 Missed labs must be made up within one week of the lab period. Many lab materials are ephemeral and will not be available for an extended period of time. Please be sure you understand the science departmental policy regarding labs. One lab grade will be dropped, unless you are missing a lab. If two lab grades go to “0” due to late penalties, you will receive an "F" as a final grade. You must have a passing test average to receive a passing grade. Don’t believe the “word on the street” about this course. Every year is a new year.. Re: behavior, dress code, promptness, etc. You are old enough to know better. All students will be required to take the AP examination at the end of the year. You cannot fail an AP exam. However, a low enough score will result in a lack of acceptance by colleges for advance standing. Your test average is the best predictor of AP performance. Don't believe anything you are told about college acceptance of specific AP scores until you have spoken to the proper official at the appropriate college. If you don't ask questions, you will not learn. I will assume you understand the text reading unless you indicate otherwise. If you don't make a mistake all year, you haven't tried hard enough!! Please do not liberally dose you mistakes with liquid paper. Be proud of your errors -- they chronicle your learning adventure. The purpose of all work in this class is to learn. If you don't understand what an activity is designed to teach, please ask. There is no planned busy work. Pitfalls to avoid if you plan to enjoy your senior year: -- Trying to catch up on three weeks of work the night before the test -- Leaving lab early, convinced you can "finish up" some other time -- Wasting an opportunity to ask a question because you assume you're the only one who doesn't understand I like teaching this course. I hope you can share some of the enjoyment and wonder.