Sunday, April 30, 2017

Weekly Reflection for Week of April 24 to April 28

     This week we worked on the neuron packet (domain 6) and the transpiration lab (5.7) for most of the week. I understood the neuron packet for the most part which will be beneficial since I did an AP practice test over break and saw several questions on neurons.
     For the transpiration lab, my group was testing to see how air pressure affects transpiration. The set up for our lab was difficult as we had to create a vacuum in one of our setups, and in the process of setting up one of the controls a pipette broke cutting me and forcing us to restart our setup for that specific control. Our data was also all over the place so it will be interesting to analyze it in the upcoming week.
     For homework, we watched two Paul Anderson videos (domain 7) about ecology which I understood and think will help me with the AP test and with the SAT subject test. With the AP test now only 11 days away I need to work on reviewing everything from the year and focusing in on what I don't understand well during the review week so that I will feel ready for the AP test.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Heart Week

It was heart week this week and even though we didn't do much it has been my favorite week of the year by far. Overall be watched a Blood and Guts episode which I thought was very interesting learning about this history of hearts and heart stuff, and I wish I could but sadly I don't have $800 lying around. We also made our own heart diagram at home which didn't turn out the very best and was pretty confusing trying to figure out the anatomy of the heart without and background information.
Day one of Heart week wasn't overly exciting as my heart was pretty frozen and there weren't many arteries or veins attached to it so it became slightly boring after a while. Day two was much more exciting however as I pretty much got to do the dissection by myself since Kirk wasn't really feeling heart week all that much. Being inside the heart and being able to track the path of the blood was helpful for me and made everything come together as all the words that I wrote on my diagram suddenly made sense. I also enjoyed feeling the lungs and trachea of the demo heart, however, I did find the esophagus rather disgusting to touch but I was fine with everything else. The only thing I didn't like about heart week was that my heart didn't have any extra attachments but it was still my favorite bio week to date. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Weekly Reflection for Week of April 3 to April 7

Standards of the Week [5.1, 5.2, 5.3]

How did you do on your work:
This week we worked on the stickleback HHMI packet, the physiology project, and vodcasts 5.1 and 5.2. I feel that I did the stickleback packet well as it was kind of a throwback to evolution in unit one which I feel that I understand the best out of any unit that we have done this year. I also feel that I (and my group) did well on the physiology project. We divided and conquered, managing to do the whole thing in one class without leaving out any important information.

What do you understand well:
I feel that I understand the stickleback packet (standards 5.1 and 5.2) pretty well as it was pulling together stuff from different units throughout the year with evolution and DNA structure. I also understand the parts of the physiology project that I did for excretion as I had to understand to some extent before I added it to the informational paper.

Where do you think you can improve:
I think that I can improve upon learning the other parts of the physiology project (gas exchange, circulation, and nutrition) and the parts that I don't understand well on excretion. Learning about four different physiological systems in one day is a lot of information to take in, process, and retain.

What strategies will you use to improve:
To make sure that I understand the four physiological systems I will review each of the papers the groups made and look at the questions that other people asked as some of them were questions that I had. After reviewing the papers that the groups did I will go and do extra research of my own on anything that I am having trouble understanding.

How does the current work fit into the context of the course:
The work this week fits into the overall course as we can see many of the units that we have studied this year come together in the physiological systems. The systems developed the way they did due to evolution, they work the way they do because of signals they receive from the organism (hormones etc.), and they process matter that is made e.g oxygen produced in photosynthesis and needs to be excreted from plants.