Over the weekend, we were assigned to read Chapter 19, Descent with Modification, and complete a worksheet of questions on different philosophers, terms and concepts. The chapter pretty much expanded on a lot of concepts we had previously covered in class, like homozygous dominant and heterozygous, things like that, but also went much further into… Continue reading Week 3
We made it through our first 5 day week! This week, along with the previous week, we have been focusing discussions and activities around Big Idea 1- Evolution. We continued on with our anole virtual lab, started learning about how pocket mice evolved to have darker fur to camouflage with volcanic rock in New Mexico,… Continue reading Week 2
This week, our first week of school, we worked on a lab called got GOT LACTASE? In summary, the lab was pretty much drawing conclusions from data and working with excel to learn how to create graphs and tables and find things like the standard deviation in a way that is much quicker and easy.
The hardest part of this lab, for me, was thinking beyond what I could see and having to think deeper about what the points on the graph mean, or what the average from the two different samples say, things like that.
From this lab I was able to draw conclusions about the amount of protein produced by people who possess either more, or less, gene copies of AMY1. In the process of this lab I was really able to familiarize myself with excel and some key terminology in analyzing data. I believe this lab is a good building block for the year because, not only did we get introduced to biology, we also got introduced to key resources and concepts.