Advanced Placement / Biology

Energy Dynamics

Students set up a variety of simple detritus-based model systems to estimate energy flow and carbon cycling within an ecosystem. Students set up their ecosystem with a known detritivore, a known decomposer, or a combination of both detritivore and decomposer. The teacher provides students with data from two control systems to help interpret changes in the experimental systems.

Source: Advanced Biology Through Inquiry


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Standards Correlations

IB Topics AP Topics
4.2 2; 4

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