Welcome to Forensic Science. We will meet in S32.

LABS + class activities:
Download file "Google Doc Lab Sections.docx"
Download file "Course Syllabus.docx"

Ch 1 & 2:
Download file "intro to forensics.pptx"
Download file "Ch 1 Locard's Exchange Prin .tiff"
Download file "crime scene chap 2.pptx"
Download file "Ch 1 Crime Scene sketching lab.tiff" due Monday 2/4
Download file "deductive reasoning lab.pdf" in class Monday 2/4 - will finish on Thursday after the test; due Fri 2/8
Download file "Ch 1 and2 review sheet.docx" this one should work
TEST over Ch 1&2: D day Feb 6th = Wed
Ch 3 & 16: Physical Evidence & Fingerprints
Download file "Ch 3 Physical Evidence 2013.pptx"
Download file "Who Owns These Bones.pdf" due: Tuesday 2/19
Download file "Forensic Anthropology and Teeth Marks.pdf" due: Wed 3/6 (note: change from earlier date)
Download file "Forensic anthropology lab expectations – Forensic Science.docx" note: read this!! Also, read carefully Ex 1 and go to the website on page 116 to compare chimp, gorilla and human skulls. You ARE still skipping the website in Ex 2 to get differences between male and females, as stated in this lab expectations doc.
Download file "fingerprints.pptx"
Download file "Fingerprinting Lab.pdf" due: Thursday (after test) 2/28
Download file "Ch 3 and 16 Review Sheet.docx"
TEST: Ch 3 and Ch 16 on Wed. 2/27

Ch 10, 11 & 12: Forensic Serology and DNA as a Forensic Tool
Download file "Serology.pptx"
slightly different version from Ms Waldman:
Download file "Serology JW.pptx"
Download file "Blood Typing Lab.docx" completed
Download file "serology Presumptive Blood Test lab.pdf" in class Mon A day 3/11
Download file "Blood typing Mystery" skip this one
Download file "Blood Splatter Lab.pdf"need a calculator with trig functions; due: 3/27 = last day before break
Download file "DNA Forensics.pptx" will finish this slide show on 3/21; remainder of class Thurs and class on Fri used to complete labs
Download file "DNA PCR Simulation.pdf"
Download file "DNA Forensic DNA Typing.pdf"
Download file "DNA Goes to the Races.pdf" due: Thurs 3/21
Download file "DNA & Blood REVIEW SHEET Ch 10-12.docx"
Blood and DNA test is changed to MONDAY A day 3/25
3/8: blood typing lab due
3/11 A day: quiz over Blood typing and basic characteristics of blood - look at #1-9 on the review sheet for this unit

HAIR and FIBERS and PAINT: Ch 13
read through Ch 13
Download file "hair and fibers and paints Ch 13.pptx"
Download file "Microscopes in Forensic Science 2013.pdf" due Sect 1: Tues 4/16 and Sect 3; Wed 4/17
Download file "hair analysis lab 2013.docx" due Tuesday 4/23
Download file "Fiber Analysis lab.pdf"
New TEST day over Hair, Fibers and Paint = Ch 13 A day Thursday 4/25
Download file "hair, fiber, soil, paint review sheet Ch 13.docx"

Homework for Week of April 29- May 6: pick a famous criminal in class, have it approved and work on this presentation:
Download file "Presentation Criminal Case.pages" DUE: H day May 6th
Download file "Presentation Rubrics .docx"

Ch 17: Firearms, Tool Marks and Other Impressions
Download file "Tool Mark Lab.pdf"
Download file "guns and tool markings.pptx"
Download file "Review guns, toolmarks, documents.docx" NOTE: this also includes documents and handwriting which will NOT be on next test
TEST: guns, toolmarks and impressions Friday May 10 D day (sorry about the confusion - but C day is a drop day for one section)

Ch 16: Documents, Handwriting Analysis
Download file "Handwriting Analysis Lab.pdf"
Download file "document analysis.pptx"
Download file "Chromatography Lab.pdf" due on Friday 5/17 (no questions to answer; write a Conclusion about chromatography, how your color separated, and how a forensic scientist would use this technique)

FINAL EXAM review sheet for the 2 day lab practical exam = D and E days May 22 and 23rd during your class period
Download file "Final Exam Review Sheet 2013 .docx"




Biology: Miller & Levine - with an endangered Scarlet macaw on the cover. You may keep your book at home - it's too heavy to lug around with you each day.

Leaving this for those of you who asked about the format of the exam... as always, check this wiki site for information:

Exam format: there are 100 questions and these answers will go on a scantron
there is also a packet with a few genetics problems and a couple of diagrams to label. Study: organelles in a cell; animal vs plant cell; cell membrane; parts of a microscope
note: no pictures from mitosis or meiosis but if you can recognize the diagrams, you'll do better with the descriptions of what is happening in each stage.

Welcome to Semester 2: We'll cover DNA, Evolution, a survey of the 3 Domains and 6 Kingdoms especially the Plant and Animal kingdoms.
For week of Jan 22-25:
Download file "DNA.pptx"
Ch 12: DNA Structure and Replication
we'll skip the early experiments in 12.1
READ: 12.2 p344-348 and answer the 12.2 Assessment 1-3
READ: 12.3 p 350-353 and answer the 12.3 Assessment 1 - 3
Ch 13: DNA, RNA and Protein Synthesis
READ 13.1 p362-365 and answer the 13.1 Assessment 1 & 2
READ 13.2 p366-371 and answer the 13.2 Assessment 1-3
READ 13.3 p 372-376 and answer the 13.3 Assessment 1 & 2
Your 3-D DNA project (individually completed with a legend) is due: Tuesday 1/29
Download file "DNA Model.doc"
TEST Monday Feb 3 over the parts of Ch 12 and 13 we cover: structure of DNA, replication, transcription and translation of protein synthesis, mutations
Download file "DNA review.docx"

Evolution: Ch 16 - 19
Download file "Evolution.pptx"
Read Ch 16.1 AND 16.2 and answer 16.1 #1 -2 and 16.2 #1-4
read 16.3 and review earlier parts of Ch 16 and answer 16.3 #1-3
read 16.4 and answer 16/4 #1-5
Ch 16 questions pp 476-477: #1-29 - don't try to do all these in 1 night... answer the appropriate ones after each reading
for Tuesday 2/12 = Charles Darwin's birthday!! you will show off your knowledge of natural selection and Darwin with a quiz over Ch 16. In preparation for that quiz, answer the questions about the NYTimes article on polar bears. Those questions are due on Mon or for section 1, on Tuesday
for 2/13: read Ch 17.1 genes and evolution - and as usual - do the Q's at end of each section
for 2/14: read 17.2: genetic changes in population (=microevolution) answer the Q's
for 2/15: read 17.3 process of speciation (= macroevolution) answer the Q's
we will also skip 17.4 = molecular evolution - again, VERY interesting ...
test over EVOLUTION : E day 2/21 = Ch 16 & 17
Download file "Evol study guide.pages" after we do Ch 16 & 17... here's a study guide for the test
here's a link to National Wildlife Magazine article on polar bears with some amazing photos;|
We'll come back to Ch 18 but move on to Ch 19 first
for Monday 2/25: read Ch 19.1 and 19.2 and do 1st 2 Q's of Assessment Q's for each section - SKIP part of geological information about C-dating and about 1/2-life. Also, you do NOT need to learn the sequence of geological eras.
Tuesday 2/26 H day: 19.3 read and do Assessment Q's 1-3 (all parts), skip #4
(totally skip pp 541-545 AND 560-563 = geological history)
Wed 2/27 = catch-up day
Thursday B day 2/28 = QUIZ over genetic drift, bottle neck effect, founder effect, speciation, isolating mechanisms, fossil record
(no new study guide - the final 2 points on Evol Study Guide is included for this quiz; Can you define "species"? )

Biodiversity: Ch 18 and 19.3 + Ch 20-28:
origins of life on Earth, Linneaus and classification system
Homework for this unit:
You will be doing individual presentations to teach others about BIODIVERSITY. Your text MUST be one of your citations!!
Download file "PRESENTATION diversity of organisms.docx" due: C day 3/13
in addition to guidelines: citations = use your text + 2 other scientific sources + all photos need to be cited
AND add a cladogram appropriate for your presentation (and be able to explain it)
Any questions? just ask!
Download file "Presentation biodiv rubric.pages"
Primitive Earth, Classification and review of Evolution:
Download file "Evol History of Life.key"
Download file "Plant Kingdom .key"
TEST over Biodiversity: Monday 3/25
Download file "Biodiversity practice sheet.pages" Both are these are good review sheets - if you can fully answer one, you can also answer the other.
Download file "Biodiversity study guide.pages"

1st day back - bring in some article that is INTERESTING and ties into any aspect of Biology. Be prepared to discuss/explain your article to the others.

Ecology (2 wks): New homework plan: You may choose to: a) answer Assessment Q's at end of each section or 2) make flash cards of terms and definitions or 3) make up a Quizlet of terms and definitions or 4) answer Q's at end of each chapter.
Download file "Ecology Behavior Pictures.ppt"
Download file "Ecology Behavior Review Sheet.pages"
Download file "Ecology An Behav videos.pages"
Ch 29: Animal Behavior
Ch 3 Biosphere and Energy: 3.1--> 3.4
Ch 4: Ecosystems and Communities: 4.1 --> 4.5
Ch 5: Populations: 5.1 --> 5.3
Ch 6: Humans in the Biosphere: 6.1 --> 6.4

NOTE: QUIZ/mini-TEST: on Thursday D day 4/18: animal behavior and biomes (check the Review Sheet questions for those 2 topics)
Complete the review sheet questions/items for HW for Wed 4/17

for Friday 4/26: bring in an INTERESTING article relevant to Biology. This week is Earth Day so there should be plenty of environmental articles. NOT from a blog - and official article from newspaper, magazine, website from NPR story, etc.
other HW: complete your reading/skimming of Ch 5 and 6 = you should be completely finished with the 4 ecology chapters - also complete the review sheet on Ecology
NOTE: 2nd mini-TEST: Monday C day 4/29

Plant Kingdom Ch 22-24 This slide show was revised 5/8 - added a few slides so take another look!
Download file "Plant Anatomy & Physiology.key" TEST: Monday E day 5/13

Human Body
Download file "Presentation human body.pages" due: May 9 C day : presentations will begin on C day and we will use the lab periods for presentations (= Thurs C and Fri D days)

Here is the review sheet for the final exam
Download file "BIO 2013 Final REVIEW 2nd sem.pages"

Download file "safety contract AA.doc"
Lab 1:
Download file "DNA extraction.pdf"
Lab 2:
Download file "Examining Homologous Stru.doc"
Lab 3:
Download file " Birds on an Island.pdf"
Lab 4:
Download file "phylogeny lab.doc" due 3/18
Download file "Evol - human evol presentations.docx" due date: March 5 Tuesday
Lab 5: Biodiversity - make your own tables, there may be more or fewer organisms within each Kingdom than in the Tables presented in this lab doc: We will start this lab in classes directly following presentations - probably E day. Last lab due E day 3/18
Download file "Classification Lab.doc"
Lab 6: Animal Behavior and Ecology
Download file "Daphnia Behavior and Ecology.pages" We will use a small fish instead of the Daphnia in lab - but answer all the Prelab questions anyway about Daphnia.
Lab 7: Acid Precipitation in Lake Water
Download file "Acid Rain lab.pdf" This lab goes with Ch 6 - you should skim that chapter before answers questions.

lab 8: Plant Ecology and Plant Anatomy
Download file "Ecology Distribution of Clover.pages"
Download file "plant anatomy lab.doc"

Lab 9:


Field Ecology

Welcome to a project-based course. We will be working outside, in the greenhouse and in the classroom/lab. Your mature behavior is required to accomplish each experiment/project. You will need to dress appropriately be work in the woods in the fall but this class is NOT an excuse to be out of dress code on campus. You may leave a sheatshirt or jacket, pants, rubber shoes/boots, etc in the greenhouse. You may NOT go to your car during class time.

Download file "Gen Info.doc"

1st assignment: due A day Monday 8/27: Remember you MUST cite your sources. Type your ecological responses and remember to give an ecological example (some terms might be used in political science or general usage) Save as a document which can go into your Noteshare book - we will set these up soon and you will keep both individual assignments as well as group work in Noteshare.
1: read the General Info in above attachment and then 2: answer these general terms:
Download file "General terms WS.doc"

QUIZ: Friday H day: 9/7 ID quiz over the Gymnosperms (= all the conifers + Ginkgo) on our campus; know scientific names and common names and be able to recognize each of the 13 different species. Remember when you write a scientific name, genus is capitalized, species is not and name will be underlined or in italics
List of Conifers (+ Gingko)
Download file "Conifers 2012.pages"

Download file "Forest WS.doc" due: F day 9/5 Use the class time on 8/30 to do quite a bit of this worksheet. You will need additional time also. Remember your citations!

Download file "Rip-o-Meter Lab.pdf"
Download file "Ripometer.doc" Each team will test the strength of leaves in the Fall as the leaves lose chlorophyll before dropping. You may pick any deciduous tree (this will NOT include a holly or magnolia tree). You should collect at least 4 different times to sample leaf strength during the end of this growing season.

Download file "Tree list to know.pages" You add the scientific names. Quiz over these Thursday A day 9/20

We will start the unit on Insects 9/18 with an introduction to the process of collecting insects, how to process them and expectations for the insect collection. There are 2 main goals: 1. to learn about the ecology of local insects and 2. to learn to identify insects
Download file "Insects WS.doc" due: D day 9/25
Download file "Insect Project.doc" this will start out during class and will continue for several days but some collections will need to be made individually due date will be mid-late October
Download file "Insect Collection.doc" this is information on preparation of your insect collection. You supply the box to house the collection; remember to have names of all 3 partners easily visible on the box

Download file "Leaf Decomp HO.doc" We will start working on leaf decomposition packets 9/24 or 9/25. First sampling will be done at end of October, 2nd early December and 3rd will be next year's class. You will also collect the packets that were prepared in 2011 and have been decomposing in the Archmere Woods for an entire year.
1st collection: Oct 31

Download file "Bird Cornell Lab of Ornithology video.docx"

Download file "Ecological Themes.doc" Lit review summary due: A day 10/16

10/16: starting comparison of tree growth in open vs woods
Download file "Trees in Open vs Woods.docx"

Aquatic Ecosystems: due date: November 9, 2012
Download file "Aq systems WS.doc"

Soil Ecosystems:
Download file "Soils WS.doc" due: Nov. 16

Download file "Soil exp report.doc"
Download file "Soil Percolation Test.pages"
Download file "Rubrics Soils.doc"

FOREST: Leaf Drop Boxes - due Dec. 18
Download file "Forest leaf drop boxes.doc"

1st quiz: bird anatomy - Friday Dec 14 or Tuesday 12/18
2nd quiz: bird identification Wed Dec 19
3rd quiz: bird calls - early Jan
Bird Projects/Presentations - 1st day back = Jan 3
Download file "Bird Id with Names.key"
or this site:

Download file "Bird project ppt.doc" guidelines for your presentation - remember to include citations (min. of 3 different sites) in your last slide(s) using MLA format; think in terms of unity and diversity = why are all these birds in the same group (ex: heron-like birds) and then show how 3 species are quite different within the group; PRACTICE your presentation; make sure that the bird calls actually work in your presentation; any questions - ask BEFORE the due date

Download file "Bird Rubric presentation.docx" as expected: this is slightly revised from what was posted before break; points are the same but reworded. Remember: you need to discuss unity (what do all the birds in your group have in common) and diversity (how do the 3 you've chosen show differences in the group). You should also show some additional pictures of birds in your group - not just the 3 you discuss in detail.

OPTIMUM FORAGING STRATEGY: = final project (counts as your final exam grade, 10% of semester grade)
Download file "Optimum Foraging Strategy.pdf"

Safety contract:
Download file "safety contract AA.doc"




Honors Biology