AB Inquiry-Based Investigations
As part of the AP Biology core principles and seven science practices, students are required to spend 25% of their time in laboratory procedures. These labs will not only investigate key principles in biology, but also afford students the opportunity to extend their learning by applying the nature of science and developing their own labs to manipulate different variables’ effects on a known procedure. Each of the thirteen key investigations will have an inquiry-based option for student groups either to experiment with or to write an application for experimental extension. Laboratory Requirements
All students will need to have the following for laboratory: 1. Signed safety contract on file
2. Disposable laboratory notebook (in the event of contamination or spills) 3. Writing utensil
4. Oversized t-shirt to cover clothes and/or willingness to get clothes dirty I do not want to hear about spills on clothes, or funny smells, or contamination. Please have a spare change of clothes ready or have a “lab coat”- like t-shirt available.
Please be aware that the main rules in the laboratory will surround general safety, safe handling of materials and chemicals, and prevention of contamination. For that reason, it is required that labs be read ahead of the first day of the week of class. This ensures that when the laboratory procedures are being covered, students can easily follow along with procedures and maintain the highest level of safety in the lab.
Lab reports will take one of three formats in this course depending on the type of lab and the form of inquiry follow-up that takes place. You will be told before beginning each lab which of the following three formats will be required of you and your teammates. In addition to each of these written formats, you will need to submit data and any graphs before you begin your inquiry component. Please read over each of the following different...
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