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Studying for the AP Environmental Science Exam

Hello everyone. I'm taking the AP Environmental Science exam this year. Could someone provide some insight on the topics that are covered in AP Environmental Science, especially the main units? Cheers!

16 days ago

Sure, I'd be happy to provide an overview of the AP Environmental Science curriculum. The exam predominantly consists of units divided into the following topics:

1. The Living World (Ecosystems and Biodiversity): This section delves into the structure, function, and services of ecosystems. You'll learn about biomes, ecosystem function, the relationship between species, and ecosystem stability. The Biodiversity portion looks at types, benefits, threats to biodiversity and conservation biology tactics.

2. Population: Here, you'll study population ecology, including concepts related to size, density, distribution, and sex ratios. It also covers different population growth models and influences that cause them to change.

3. Land and Water Use: This unit will teach you about managing resources sustainably. Topics include feeding the world sustainably, management of solid waste, urban land use planning, fisheries, forests, rangelands, and mining.

4. Energy Resources and Consumption: This deals with concepts like energy consumption, fossil fuel use and its impacts, nuclear power, renewable energy resources, and energy conservation.

5. Pollution and Waste Production: In this unit, you'll learn about the impacts of different types of pollution, such as air pollution, noise pollution, thermal pollution, water pollution, and waste production. You'll also look into the policies and strategies for waste reduction and disposal.

6. Global Change: This unit focuses on the causes and impacts of global change, including climate change, ozone depletion, and changes in biodiversity due to human activities.

Within each unit, you'll need to understand both the underlying scientific principles and real-world societal issues and environmental problem-solving. Knowing the interaction between natural systems and human societies is quite critical too!

One last piece of advice: Don't forget to review and practice free-response questions alongside your studying. This section can often be challenging, but it's a great chance to show your detailed understanding of the topics.

Good luck with your studies!

16 days ago

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