Cellular Biology

BIG IDEAS: 
  • The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.
  • Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis. 
  • Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes.
  • Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.

In this unit, we'll spend the majority of our time learning about cells and their structure and how it relates to their function.  We will also concentrate on the cellular functions of transport, communication, reproduction and energy exchange.
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January 23, 2014  Video Mr. Andersen discusses in further detail the importance of compartmentalization, and why cell size matters. Compartmentalization 
January 27, 2014  Topic Review Guide Complete this TRG after you have watched both the Compartmentalization and Cellular Organelles videos and have completed reading Chapter 4.  Cells TRG  
January 27, 2014  Video Mr. Andersen reviews organelles found in eukaryotic cells. Cellular Organelles 
January 29, 2014  Activity In this activity, you will use the microscope to view various cell specimens. You will also prepare slides of human epithelium and onion epidermis Observing Various Cell Types 
January 29, 2014  Topic Review Guide Begin this TRG after you have watched the Cell Membranes and Cell Transport videos. You will finish it when you have watched the Cell Communication and Signal Transduction videos and have read Chapter 5. Cell Membranes, Transport and Communication TRG 
January 29, 2014  Video Mr. Andersen discusses the components of the cell membrane, and its role in helping the cell to communicate with other cells and maintain homeostasis. Cell Membranes 
January 31, 2014  Video In this video, Mr. Andersen discusses the various types of transport that occurs in cells. Transport Across Cell Membranes 
February 4, 2014  Lab Investigation In this lab, you will use agar blocks to build cell models to determine what cell size is most effective at transporting materials through diffusion. You will also design your own cell and test its effectiveness. Why Cells Must Be Small 
February 4, 2014  Video In this video, Mr. Andersen introduces the idea of cell communication, and discusses the ways cells can do this vital activity. Cell Communication 
February 6, 2014  Data Set This is the data collected from student-designed cells for the Why Cells Must Be Small Lab. WCMBS Data Set 
February 6, 2014  Video In this video podcast, Mr. Andersen discusses signal transduction pathways, which are the basis of cell communication methods. Signal Transduction Pathways 
February 6, 2014  Lab In this lab, you will see how concentration of solute affects diffusion rate. Diffusion Through Membranes  
February 10, 2014  Video This TED talk by Bonnie Bassler explains how bacteria communicate with one another using quorum sensing. Bonnie Bassler: How Bacteria Communicate 
February 10, 2014  Video In this video, Mr. Andersen discusses cell division via mitosis. He also discusses the cell cycle. Mitosis 
February 12, 2014  Topic Review Guide Complete this TRG after you have watched both Cell Division videos and have read Chapter 7.1-7.3. Cell Division TRG 
February 12, 2014  Video In this video, Mr. Andersen describes the purpose of various cell division types and how cell division is regulated. Mitosis, Meiosis and the Cell Cycle 
February 14, 2014  Video REVIEW: We've seen this one, but in case you don't remember how to do chi-square, it's worth a watch. In this video, Mr. Andersen discusses the chi-square test, a statistical test used to determine if our observed data values are in line with our expected data values. Chi-Square 
February 21, 2014  Data Set This is the spreadsheet where classes will enter their data for the Mitosis lab. Effect of Lectin on Mitotic Cells 
February 21, 2014  Lab Activity In this activity, we will use the chi-square test to determine if the values we see for cells at various stages in mitosis are what we predict they will be. Effect of Lectin on Mitotic Cells  
February 25, 2014  Video In this video, Mr. Andersen talks about free energy, and the energy that cells have available to do work. Life Requires Free Energy 
February 27, 2014  Video In this video, Mr. Andersen gives you an overview of the two processes that allow organisms to exchange matter and energy with one another. Photosynthesis and Respiration 
March 3, 2014  Topic Review Guide Complete this TRG as you watch the videos and read the textbook chapter for this portion of the cells unit. Energy Exchanges TRG 
March 3, 2014  Video Here's the Cell Respiration song, courtesy of Mr. Hsu.  "Cell Respiration" (sung to the tune of "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas 
March 3, 2014  Video In this video, Mr. Andersen explains the process of cellular respiration. He describes both aerobic respiration and anaerobic respiration. Cellular Respiration 
March 6, 2014  Concept Map This is the anaerobic respiration map we created in class. Anaerobic Respiration Map 
March 10, 2014  Video Oxidate it Or Love It/Electron To The Next One: Tom McFadden Cell Respiration Video Learn about cellular respiration in this song by former Stanford professor Tom McFadden. 
March 10, 2014  Concept Map This is the aerobic respiration map we created in class. Aerobic Respiration Map 
March 11, 2014  Video In this video, Mr. Andersen explains the process of photosynthesis in more detail. Photosynthesis 
March 12, 2014  Video In this video, Mr. Andersen describes how to set up a lab that will measure respiration rate in germinating peas and mealworms. AP Lab 5: Cellular Respiration  
March 12, 2014  Concept Map Here is the map we made in class that reviews photosynthesis. Photosynthesis Concept Map 
March 12, 2014  Video In this video, Mr. Andersen describes how you will set up the control for the floating leaf disk assay photosynthesis lab. Floating Leaf Disk Assay Photosynthesis Lab 
March 28, 2014  Lab Investigation In this lab, you will use a gas pressure probe to investigate the various factors influencing cell respiration rate in germinating peas. Cell Respiration 
March 28, 2014  Lab Investigation In this lab, you will investigate the process of photosynthesis using a floating leaf disk assay.  Investigating Photosynthesis Using a Floating Leaf Disk Assay 
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