Final Exam Spring 2012
Biology isn’t just a subject in school. Biology is the science of life itself. Biology is the study of what makes an eagle fly, a flower bloom, or a caterpillar turn into a butterfly. It’s the study of ourselves–of how our bodies grow and change and respond to the outside world, and it’s the study of our planet, a world transformed by the actions of living things. Of course, you might have known some of this already. So, what’s the secret?
The secret is that you’ve come along at just the right time. In all of human history, there has never been a moment like the present, a time when we stood so close to the threshold of answering the most fundamental questions about the nature of life. You belong to the first generation of students who can read the human genome almost as your parents might have read a book or a newspaper. You are the first students who will grow up in a world that has a chance to use that information for the benefit of humanity, and you are the very first to bear the burden of using that knowledge wisely.
…What you do need is an inquiring mind, the patience to look at nature carefully, and the willingness to figure things out.
Ken Miller, Biology (xviii)
Here's a list of just a few of the assignments from this year to help boost your memory!
  • Insects
  • Elephant Poem
  • Technology Video - Tigers, Elephants, Crazy Moths and Bats
  • The Simpson’s Scientific Method
  • Jane Goodall
  • Simply Good Science - Charles Darwin
  • Travels with Darwin
  • Classification: Organism Project
  • Shark Dichotomous key
  • Shark Observation
  • Bacteria/Virus Lab
  • Cell Metaphor Project
  • Mitosis
  • Meiosis
  • Mendelian Genetics
  • Cracking the Code

2.Create a wiki page (for a grade) on our FAscience wikispace for one of our chapters below to help you collect and review information for your final. We'll randomly draw for a chapter. Pictures, diagrams and videos are very helpful review sources along with text. Be sure to include all of these in your page.

  • Chapter 1 The Science of Biology
  • Chapter 15 Evolution
  • Chapter 8 Photosynthesis
  • Chapter 2 Organic Chemistry and Water
  • Chapter 18 Classification
  • ·Chapter 19 Viruses and Bacteria
  • ·Chapter 7 Cells
  • ·Chapter 10 Cell Division
  • ·Chapter 11 Mendelian Genetics
  • ·Chapter 12 DNA and RNA
  • ·Chapter 13 Genetic Engineering
  • ·Chapter 14 Human Genome

Biology Final

Using as much of the information as possible that we have gathered and assimilated from the beginning of the year to the present in class, outside of class, and through our wiki you will write a final essay supporting the quote above by Ken Miller.

  • What exactly have you learned this year about biology and the world around you?

  • Day of the Final Bring a hand written rough draft of your essay.
  • You must write your final essay in class.
  • You may also use any assignments from class that you think might be helpful – nothing else.Unless you speak to me before hand your essay should be handwritten.
  • Also, bring your textbook to hand in to me.

Remember, that this is a large portion of your final grade and should therefore be planned out very carefully.

Criteria for you Final Essay
q Your essay should be entirely in your own words. It should relate to Ken Miller’s quote and tie in our class assignments, discussions, and activities from the entire semester or even better year. This is personal so you can use first person.For resources you can use our wiki, your text, past assignments, etc. Make it your own! Be as creative as you like.

q Your paper should be a minimum length of 4-5 pages written or 2-3 pages double-spaced with 1-inch margins typed (ask first if you want to type it).

q Be sure to provide examples for support!
q As always, if you would like to use sketches or diagrams feel free just make sure they relate to your topic.