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Cell Bio

Postby binary010101 » Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:13 am

Post stuff for Cell Bio here.

(Or is there nobody who needs help?)
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Re: Cell Bio

Postby trombonegirl23 » Sat Dec 06, 2008 6:10 pm

I guess I could use some help..anyone know any good websites maybe?
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Re: Cell Bio

Postby ktrujillo52 » Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:45 am

Some tests would be helpful as well.


I was wondering why there was no topic for cell Biology, I think it was the only event without a topic.

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Re: Cell Bio

Postby sciolykid101 » Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:46 am

People who are doing this event/had done this event,
What are your perspectives on tests (content, format, etc.) in the Invitational, Regional, State, and Nationals levels? Thanks!
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Re: Cell Bio

Postby genes_girl » Sat Jan 03, 2009 6:52 pm

From my point of view, about the tests, they always through something at you that you aren't expecting to see or didn't cover (generally both). Or, if they are teachers or professors, a different way of doing things than most people know (I STILL don't understand what the event supervisor was going on about when he was talking about Hardy-Weinburg 2/3 years ago. it wasn't anything anyone in the room had learned though). WIth the tests there is the obvious progression that as you go up a level the tests follow the rules a little better, so they get both more varied and more complex each time. Though, at least regionals through nationals, they all follow a general thing and tend just to get a little more complicated/difficult at each level. I can't tell you about your invitationals, regionals, and state because more likely than not it isn't the same as mine. At nationals the supervisor is..... quirky? 2 years ago he had a story (since it was in Kansas it was the wizard of oz, he told us to follow the yellow brick road to the next station and they all ha dot do with the characters from the movie). Last year it was a more general test, though he had an entire station devoted to writing science/biology related jokes.

I guess a quick summary of that paragraph would be, with the exception of invitationals (generally), they all follow the same general format but build up as you go a level, getting more difficult/complex. And there is always something you aren't expecting to be there on there.
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Re: Cell Bio

Postby binary010101 » Sat Jan 03, 2009 9:33 pm

Will taking the AP Biology course give you enough about the event?
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Re: Cell Bio

Postby genes_girl » Sat Jan 03, 2009 9:59 pm

I took AP Bio, and while it definitely helped (no denying that), I don't think it was enough to cover the entire event. Yours could be, ours was a bit a blow-off (not quite, but almost). I still don't think that it would be quite enough. Definitely a very good start though.
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Postby sciolykid101 » Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:59 pm

Have you been to any invitationals, genes_girl? If so, what is the format of the tests there?
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Re: Cell Bio

Postby genes_girl » Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:46 am

Yeah, I have. Mainly the questions were in a paragraph form. We would get around 5 questions or so that we would have to think about and answer in detail. They didn't always follow they rule or make sense or anything. I'm not saying they were bad, but the tests tended to be a little out there and not quite a good representation of the actual competition. The main problem though was that the test was written by a school in B division ( At least once, though I think more) :) .
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Re: Cell Bio

Postby dickyjones » Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:54 am

You can't really directly relate different competitions among different states and regionals. This event at most competitions is probably going to mainly be fill in the blank/short answer with maybe some multiple choice, though. The difficulty and the topics covered is up to the individual event supervisors. Some might make an invitational test that is more difficult than a national test, and others could make a state test that's easier than most regionals.
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Re: Cell Bio

Postby genes_girl » Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:31 am

Yup. Agreed. Etc...


Terribly long answer, sorry. :P
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Re: Cell Bio

Postby Glacierguy1 » Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:50 am

SAVE OUR GLACIERS.

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Re: Cell Bio

Postby sciolykid101 » Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:04 pm

Glacierguy1 wrote:http://www.hinsdale86.org/staff/kgabric/Biolympiadcell.htm

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Re: Cell Bio

Postby oceangirl.007 » Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:39 pm

Cell Bio is definitely not like AP Bio because it's only about cells!!! (not evolution). But, it is rather difficult event because you have to memorize the main enzymes and other proteins and how they work ( I <3 ATP synthase.) I would recommend reading the Cells section of an AP Bio book and buy a book that is solely about cells (college lvl).

I guess everyone has a basic understanding of all the things in the rules sheet (from Honors Bio or AP) and it might save you at regionals and maybe at states (depending on your state), but nationals....no way!!!

Although as someone mentioned above...the proctor might add something random like science jokes...so just be prepared for more "out-of-the-way" things.

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Re: Cell Bio

Postby genes_girl » Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:03 pm

My current textbook for my bio class (honors level, research based) is called Molecular Biology of the Cell. I LOVE this book and wish I had it as a reference for this event. It is probable a little beyond what you actually need, but it has everything in it. We have used it to cover Biochemistry, Genetics, and Cell Biology. It is a bit expensive (It's a college textbook, what do you expect?), but if you are interested it is definitely worth it. I have a feeling I won't be selling this one back anytime soon. :D
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