Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Test Today and Homework for Tuesday

Today you had a test on cellular respiration and photosynthesis.  For Tuesday, please read Module 128.  Bring to class an outline of what you thought were the key concepts in the reading.  Click the picture below to link to a tutorial on homeostasis.


On Monday / Tuesday we started to learn about homeostasis.

You did a jig saw activity to see how carbon dioxide, blood pressure and temperature regulation can all be regulated through feedback mechanisms.  Click the picture below to link to a tutorial on feedback mechanisms in our bodies.

Monday, October 22, 2012

DPIP Post Lab

Create a line graph that includes each of your five cuvettes and the class average for cuvette 3.  The data is available on the google doc, however you should create your graph in excel. There is no excel tutorial for this post lab, however you can click here to get to the previous excel tutorials.

Be sure to include a scientific title, appropriate labels and a description of the graph.

Post Lab Question: Evaluate the weaknesses and limitations of this experiment.  Identify (at least) three weaknesses, explain the impact this could have on the experiment and how you could improve this in the future. Consider creating a table like the one below to organize your ideas.

Impact on Experiment

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis

Yesterday (and today) we wrapped up cellular respiration and photosynthesis as a class.  Check out the links under the tab "Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis" to help you review all of the aspects of these concepts.

Friday, October 19, 2012

DPIP Lab Set Up

Below are the pictures of the set up for the DPIP lab. You have used a spectrophotometer before, however this time you will be measuring transmission, instead of absorbance.

Spectrophotometer set up

Paper chromatography set up.  Reminder: you can read about paper chromatography and see an animation here.

Chloroplasts and DPIP on ice.  Note: I pulled the vials out of the ice for the picture,  however these should remain buried under ice when not in use. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Test on Wednesday October 24th

This is just a reminder that on Wednesday Oct 24th, you will have a test on osmosis, diffusion, cellular respiration and photosynthesis.

You are not responsible for knowing the intermediaries in the Calvin Cycle (photosynthesis) nor in the Krebs / Citric Acid Cycle (cellular respiration).

We will wrap up cellular respiration and photosynthesis tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

DPIP (Photosynthesis Prelab)

Below are the links that are in the prelab:

For lab next week, you need to complete the background in the prelab (using the links), as well as the prelab questions at the end of the packet (and make data tables!!)

NOTE: There will be no phosphate buffer in the lab, so change the table on page three of the lab to the table below.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Wrapping up Cellular Respiration and Starting Photosynthesis

Today we wrapped up cellular respiration with this modified multiple choice question (and for D period, a play-doh review of the ETC).

Still struggling to remember how the electron transport chain works?  Listen to the song from Muscles and Magnets titled "Oxidative Phosphorylation."  Click on the lyrics below to link to the song file.

Homework: Read M31 (remember to follow the instructions on how to efficiently read the module).  Use the Virtual Cell's Animation on the Light Dependent Reactions or Crash Course's Explanation of Photosynthesis.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Reminders for reading about Cellular Respiration

A reminder about your reading (Module 26) for next class (Friday or Saturday).  Please focus on the key concepts and remember the big picture.  Use the Virtual Cell's Animation of the Electron Transport Chain (either watch the video or if the internet is slow, click through the pictures).

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Osmosis & Diffusion Post Lab Update

Below are the requirements for the Osmosis & Diffusion Post Lab:

1. This is due Friday October 19th (C period) or Saturday October 20th (D period)
2. Please bring a printed copy to class to turn in.
3. Prior to turning in your post-lab, complete the rubric.  You will receive a copy of the rubric in class (but you can also find it below). Review your work and give yourself a score for each required component.  

If you are struggling to organize your data or are unsure of how to calculate percent change, watch the five minute tutorial below.  

Click play to view the screencast in a new window.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Osmosis & Diffusion Lab

Yesterday and today students were able to see how water will move down its concentration gradient.

Color coded sugar solutions, thanks Ted and Val!

Parts 2 and 3 of the experiment: dialysis bags with sugar solution and getting the potato cubes ready.
Today C period will collect the final mass of their potato cubes, D period will collect this data tomorrow.  The post lab for this is due on Tuesday Oct 16th for C period and on Wednesday Oct 17th for D period.

I email you the class data in an Excel file.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Osmosis and Diffusion Prelab

Below is your osmosis and diffusion prelab.  Note: Page 3 only has two lines of text, make sure you continue to scroll down!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Membranes, Osmosis & Diffusion

Today we discussed the details of the cell membrane.  What is it made out of?  As well as how do things move from one side to the other.

Concentration gradients help drive the movement of substances in and out of a cell, which in turn relates to osmosis and diffusion.  Here's the animation on osmosis and diffusion that we watched in class.

Homework: Study for your test tomorrow.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Organelles Concept Map

Today you worked on connecting organelles and their functions, as well as identifying if the metabolic pathways were catabolic or anabolic. Below is the concept map you received in class.

Tomorrow D period will wrap up organelles and move on to the cell membrane, osmosis and diffusion.  C period you will learn about osmosis and diffusion.