- Series: Barron's AP Biology
- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 5 edition (January 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1438005008
- ISBN-13: 978-1438005003
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 129 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Table of Contents:
Barron's Essential 5
The Molecular Basis of Inheritance
The Human Immune System
Animal Reproduction and Development
Five Themes to Help You Write a Great Essay
Learn How to Grade an Essay
Model Test 1
Model Test 2
Appendix B--Measurements Used in Biology
Appendix C--Reference Tables
About the Author
Deborah Goldberg earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees at Long Island University. For fourteen years, she studied cells using electron microscopy at NYU Medical Center and New York Medical College. For the following twenty-two years, she taught Chemistry, Biology, and Forensic Science at Lawrence High School on Long Island.
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The lack of actual test help isn't necessarily Barron's fault, it's just that this type of AP test is difficult to understand and study for.
p.57- "Hydrophilic signaling molecules dissolve through the plasma membrane and bind with a receptor in the cytoplasm. Hydrophilic signaling molecules, those that bond to a receptor on the cell surface, require a second messenger."-- I believe in the first statement they meant to say hydroPHOBIC molecules pass through the plasma membrane.
p.30- A question asks why there is no increase in product after 100 seconds in an experiment where one enzyme is combined with its substrate at time 0. They provide a table showing that at time 100 and 120 sec, product in milligrams stays at 0.85 milligrams. Their answer is, "There is no increase in product after 100 seconds because all the enzymes are saturated and are already catalyzing reactions as fast as they can." The next question asks what would happen if you added only more enzyme after 100 seconds. Their answer, "Assuming there is excess substrate that enzyme is not colliding with, an addition of enzyme after 100 seconds would increase the rate of reaction until the enzyme, once again, became saturated." Is Goldberg assuming that if all the enzymes are busy working, the amount of product wouldn't change within 10 seconds?
p.34- It states "Eukaryotes-cytoskeleton present" and "Prokaryotes-cytoskeleton absent". This was originally taken to be true, but in the early 1990's it was discovered that prokaryotes do have their own cytoskeletons, though they differ from those of eukaryotes.
When I first got this book I was very excited and trusted that it would be a solid review for the AP. Skimming through, many tables seemed very useful. In fact, I loved all of the diagrams and apparent level of depth. However, now I can't trust that the things I'm reading are true - even if the errors I noticed could be considered minor. Honestly, I don't know how many other mistakes I could have missed and put inside my brain. I'm more sad than angry because I had high hopes for this book.
Note: In the introduction they acknowledge that multiple-choice questions have been restyled in the newer AP. However, in my opinion this book's practice MC questions don't really reflect the new AP questions. Could be because of the amount of time and effort it would take to do it.
Could have been 4 stars if errors were fixed.
Would definitely be an amazing 5 star review book if errors were fixed AND questions were styled to reflect the current AP exam.
It is nice that the Kindle version links the questions to their answers.
I would like to say that this test has helped me get a better score than I would have without it! (EDIT: I received a 4!!!)