BIOS 1700 LIFE SCIENCE FOR NON-MAJORS

STUDY GUIDE FOR THE UNIT THREE EXAM

 

The exam will consist of eleven questions worth a total of 100 points. One question will be worth 15 pts, others will be worth less.

 

You will be expected to solve problems similar to those you encountered in Chapter 5 of the BIOS 1700 Course Pack. You will NOT be expected to answer specific questions regarding national and state benchmarks. You will NOT be expected to answer problems like the pre-assessment problems at the start of the chapter.

 

Like previous exams, the exam will include two concept mapping questions that will involve terms from the concepts listed on pages 240-242 of the Course Pack. This may involve creating a concept map, completing an incomplete concept map, or "debugging" concept map phrases.

 

You should be able to answer questions about common misconceptions children have about the flow of energy and the cycling of matter (pp. 205, 212 and 218). Ten points of the exam will consist of multiple choice questions developed from the two ecology films we have seen together in class.

 

You should be able to discuss what we identified as the main moral to come out of the Mystery Pellet Lab, and in particular, why energy transfer between trophic levels does not involve conservation of energy as it moves from one level to the next, and why there is an inverse relationship between trophic level and biomass.

 

Several questions will invite you to reason as you did in connection with the NetLogo: Population Dynamics simulation. They will be similar, but not identical to, the practice problems we have been reviewing in class.