Naugatuck High School (Summer 2020, for 2020-21 school year)
Assignment 1: Basic chemistry for biologists (OPTIONAL BUT HIGHLY ENCOURAGED) The online textbook to serve as a resource for any questions you may have can be found below. You can also search for "online chemistry textbook" if you don't like the version below and/or go to the local library and get one from the stacks. You are not limited to the resource below, however; it is advisable to use an online textbook, or check one out of the library (very good option!!), NOT TYPING THE QUESTION INTO GOOGLE HOPING FOR AN ANSWER, as you will not learn as much that way and your time is worth more than that. Chemistry is important in the ECE biology course as it helps us better understand why certain biological events happen from a molecular standpoint.
IMPORTANT NOTE: although this is deemed an optional assignment, TRUST ME, the chemistry is the most challenging part in the first semester as we cover physiological processes in organisms. All major topics I encourage you to become comfortable with can be found in the PDFs below:
Assignment 2: Forest communication phenomenon The phenomena here is an excellent insight into biological communication between organisms that cannot communicate in any visual or verbal forms. The goal of this is to listen to a report on the phenomenon from an excellent science podcast (the Radiolab folks), then listen to Dr. Simard's TED Talk, and finally, conduct a journal article review on the paper that was published for the phenomenon. The guideline for what to include in your journal article review can be found in the document below the article itself. Your article review should be typed in Times New Roman, size 12 font, double spaced, 1" margins as these are the same formatting criteria for submitting scientific articles to journals, your reviews should follow the same criteria. I want to reiterate what the packet guidelines say for this, you must use APA citations throughout the paper and you may use other sources you find from the internet (Google Scholar is a great resource). How to submit: Google Classroom (code syfl3kv). We only use this for submitting work.
Inter-plant communication through mycorrhizal networks (SIMARD ARTICLE in PDF)