Summer Assignments - Mrs Meyer`s AP Biology Class

AP Biology Pre-Discussion Questions (PDQs): IntroCourse Introduction
Open the presentation.
Interact with it.
Answer the “Questions to answer”.
Make sure you understand the “Things you should make sure you
Feel free to view the “Supplementary Resources”.
Write down any questions that you have about the material
Topic Presentation Link:
Textbook Reading:
Biology, 9th Edition by Raven, et al
Chapter One – The Science of Biology – The whole chapter
Supplementary Resources:
Videos by Paul Anderson:
“Essential Characteristics of Life”
Adapted from D. Knuffke
Questions to Answer:
What is unique to science as a way of understanding the Universe?
Compare reductionism with systems-thinking.
Explain the concept of emergence.
Explain the concept of feedback.
Explain the necessity and limitations of using models to understand things.
Why/how does life demonstrate the following properties:
a. Evolution
b. High degree of order
c. Energy processing
d. Reproduction and development
e. Cellular organization
f. Information storage and expression
Things you should make sure you understand:
(Feel free to ask questions about them in class)
How science works as a process.
How science differs from other modes of human thought.
What is unique about living systems, and how living systems exist within the
constraints of the physical Universe.
How and why life is organized across the domains of time and space over
which it occurs.