Preap Cell Division Study Guide



Cell Cycle & Cell Division Review  

1. Chromosomes are Rod Shaped structures made of _________ and ___________.

2. State the cell theory.

3. The phases in the life of a cell are called the ______________  _____________.

4. The cell cycle consists of ________, __________, __________, & division.

5. ________________ is a series of ______________ in cell division during which the _____________________ of a cell divides into __________  __________ with ____________   _____________ material.

6. _________________ only occurs  in _________________________  cells.

7. The period of cell growth prior to division is _________________________.

8.   Interphase consist of what three phases and describe each:



9. The period during which DNA is copied ______________________.

10. DNA replication in a cell results in _________________  ____________________.

11. Replication is the process of copying _______________  ____________________.

12. Cell division is the process by which one _________ produces __________ new identical _________  ___________.

13.  Cell division involves 2 Steps called __________________  _____________  ________________________.

The steps are:


14. Step 1 of cell division is called ___________, and step 2 is called ______________.

15. During __________the cytoplasm of the cell divides into _______ new cells called ___________  ___________.

16. The steps or phases of Mitosis are ___________,  ____________,  ____________, and ________________.

17.   _________ is the process by which a nucleus gives rise to ___________ _________  _____________.

18. In anaphase, the sister Chromatids __________________________________.

19. The cell is pinched into two and cytokinesis begins during ____________________.

20. The assembling of microtubules that make up the spindle fibers occurs during _____________.

21. During prophase the _________ and  ________  ____________ disappear.

22. The center of the cell is called the ___________  _______________.

23.   ________________ condenses into chromosomes of two _________________  ____________________, joined together by the _____________________ during __________________________.

24.  The production of offspring from one parent is called ________________________  ________________________.

25.  During mitosis, centrioles are present only in _________________________ cells.

26.  Most organisms are capable of combining ______________________ from two parents to produce ______________________.

27. The phase of mitosis during which chromosomes move to opposite poles is called ____________________________________.

28. When chromosomes of two parents combined to produce offspring, the process is known as _____________________  _____________________.

29. The chromosomes that combine during sexual reproduction are contained in special reproductive cells called _________________________.

30. In most organisms,  ________________ can be either _____________  or _________________.

31. Eggs are _______________ than sperm, but are ______________________.

32. Sperm have ______________________ that help them swim to the ___________.

33. Gametes are formed by _______________________, a type of nuclear division in which _____________________ number is ______________________ and is followed by ________________  ______________________.

34. In humans, specialized reproductive cells with _________  chromosomes, called ____________________ cells, undergo ________________ and ___________ ________________ to give rise to egg or sperm that have only _______ chromosomes,  ___________________ cells.

35. Any cell that contains two complete sets of chromosomes is called a _____________________  ______________.

36. A cell with only one complete set of chromosomes is called a ____________________ ______________.

37. When an egg and sperm join to produce a new individual, the process is called _________________________________.

38. The single cell that results from fertilization is called a ____________________.

39. Matching pairs of chromosomes in a diploid cell are called ___________________ _________________.

40. During ______________________, the cytoplasm of a cell and its organelles separate into two New ______________________  _____________.

41. Cytokinesis proceeds differently in animal and plant cells.  In animal cells, the cytoplasm divides when a _______________ called the ________________ _________________ forms through the middle of the parent cell.  In a plant cell, the material form a  ______________  ____________ and __________________ gather and fuse along the equator or middle of the cell.

42. The term cleavage furrow refers to _______________________________________

43. The exchange of genes between pairs of homologous chromosomes is called _____________________ – ___________________________ and Only occurs during __________________________________ of meiosis.

44. What equally divides chromatids between offspring cells _________________  ____________________.

45. The time between cell division is called ________________________________.

46. The division of a prokaryotic cell into two offspring cells is called _______________________  ____________________________.

47. What equally divides an animal cell into two offspring cells (daughter cells) ________________________  _______________________.

48. Each protein in an organisms DNA is coded for an individual __________________.

49. If an organism has 12 chromosomes in each body cell, how many chromosomes would you expect to find in the organism’s gametes? _________________

50. During which phase of meiosis do tetrads form? ___________________________

51. The division of the cytoplasm of a eukaryotic cell is called _________________________________.

52. What event occurs during synapsis? ______________________  __________  ___________________________  _______________________.

53. During mitosis and meiosis, kinetochore fibers are thought to move __________________________________.

54. Histones are proteins that _______________ in the _______________ of __________________ in eukaryotic cells.

55. Spermatogenesis results in _______________  _______________ cells.

56. Each offspring cell produced by binary fission contains an ____________________  __________________ of the original cell’s  __________________________.

57. Crossing-over results in genetic recombination by permitting the ________________________ of genetic material between ____________________ and _______________________ chromosomes.

58. Two of the 46 human chromosomes are called _______________  _________________________, all others (44) are called _________________________.

59. The production of eggs is called ____________________________.

60. What structure not found in animal cells forms along the midline of a dividing plant cell? _________________________  ____________________________.

Answer the Following questions in paragraph form:

1. What is Cytokinesis?  How is it different in plant and animal cells?

2. Explain the difference between Mitosis and Meiosis?

3. What is the Difference (Contrast) between Sex Chromosomes and Autosomes?

4. List 2 ways that meiosis differs from mitosis.

5. Compare the structure of a prokaryotic chromosome with that of eukaryotic chromosomes.

6. What are homologous chromosomes?

7. Explain the difference between a haploid cell and a diploid cell?

8. What is your diploid and haploid Number?

9. What is DNA? What are histones?

10. What is independent assortment, and how does it affect the genetic makeup of offspring cells?

11. What are chromatids and what holds two chromatids together?

12. Describe how you could determine if a dividing cell is a prokaryote or an eukaryote. What structures would you look for?

13. Compare the products of mitosis with those of meiosis II.

14.  Describe the events of binary fission and what kind of organisms would use this.

15. What is the cell cycle?

16. How do the products of spermatogenesis and oogenesis differ?

17.  What is interphase?  What makes up and occurs during each part of interphase?

18.  What is mitosis and in order, What are the four phases of mitosis?

19.  What are kinetochore fibers and polar fibers? What are their functions?

20. Explain crossing-over, What is it? When does it occur? Why is it Important?

21. In what type of cell, Eukaryote, Prokaryote, or Both, does mitosis occur?
__________________________________________.  EXPLAIN WHY?

22. Explain the difference between Mitosis and Cytokinesis.

23. What is the difference between asexual and sexual reproduction?  Which has evolutionary value?  Why?

Osmosis Lab Report Sample 4 PreAP

Osmosis Through a Cell membrane of an Egg

Joe Lockwood


When a cell membrane is said to be selectively permeable, it means that the cell membrane controls what substances pass in and out through the membrane.  This characteristic of cell membranes plays a great role in passive transport.  Passive transport is the movement of substances across the cell membrane without any input of energy by the cell.  The energy for passive transport comes entirely from kinetic energy that the molecules have. The simplest type of passive transport is diffusion, which is the movement of molecules from an area of high concentration to an area of lower concentration.  Diffusion moves down the concentration gradient, which is the difference in the concentration of molecules across a space.  Osmosis is a type of diffusion in which water molecules move down the concentration gradient.

When the concentration of solute molecules outside the cell is lower than the concentration of solute in the cytosol , the solution outside is hypotonic to the cytosol.  If the concentration of solute molecules is higher outside of the cell, the solution outside is said to be hypertonic.  The solution outside is isotonic if the concentration is equal on both sides of the cell membrane.

The egg shell is made of calcium carbonate and vinegar contains acetic acid.  These two can react to produce calcium acetate and carbonic acid which then decompose into water and carbon dioxide as shown in the two chemical equations:

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The eggs will increase in mass in all three solutions, showing that diffusion and osmosis occur when the concentration of two solutions is different, so that equilibrium can be established. 


To conduct this experiment, these materials will be needed:  1-2 fresh hen eggs in their shells, masking tape and marker, distilled water, clear sugar syrup, vinegar, clear jar with lid, tongs, electronic balance, paper towels, paper, and a pencil.


On Day 1, the first step should be to label the jar with your lab group and the word “vinegar”.  Next, the group will mass the egg with the electronic balance and record the results in the data table.  After this, the group will carefully place the raw egg into the jar and cover the egg with vinegar.  Finally, the group is to loosely recap the jar and allow the jar to sit for 24 to 48 hours until the outer calcium shell is removed.

On Day 2, the day should begin with the group opening the jar and pouring off the vinegar.  Next, they will use tongs to carefully remove the egg to a paper towel and pat it dry.  When this is done, the group should mass the egg on an electric balance and record the size, mass, and appearance of the egg.  After this, they will clean and re-label the jar with their lab group and the word “distilled water”.  They will carefully place the egg into the jar and cover the egg with distilled water.  Finally, they will loosely re-cap the jar and allow it to sit for 24 hours.

On Day 3, the first step is to open the jar and clean out the distilled water.  Then tongs should be used to carefully remove the egg to a paper towel and pat it dry. The size is to be recorded and so should the appearance of the egg on the table.  Next, the group will mass the egg on an electric balance and record the results.  After this, the jar should be cleaned and re-labeled with the name of the group and the word “syrup”.  Finally, the group should place the egg into the jar cover it with clear syrup, loosely re-cap the jar and allow it to sit for 24 hours.

On Day 4, the day should begin by the group opening the jar and pouring off the syrup.  Next, the group will use tongs to very carefully remove the egg, rinse off the excess syrup under slow running water, and pat the egg dry on a paper towel.  After this, the size and appearance of the egg should be recorded in the data table.  Then, the mass of the egg should be taken on an electronic balance and recorded.  Finally, the work area should be cleaned and all the lab equipment should be put away.




1. Vinegar is made of acetic acid and water.  Explain how it was able to remove the calcium shell.  The reaction of the acetic acid and calcium carbonate of the egg shell produces calcium acetate and carbonic acid, which then decomposes into water and carbon dioxide.


2.(a) What happened to the size of the egg after remaining in vinegar? The egg got bigger.

(b) Was there more or less liquid left in the jar?  There was less liquid left in the jar.

(c) Did water move into or out of the egg? Why?  Water moved into the egg because there was a lower concentration of solute molecules in the vinegar than there was inside the egg.


3.(a) What happened to the size of the egg after remaining in distilled water? The egg got a little bit bigger, but not by very much.

(b) Was there more or less liquid left in the jar?  There was a little bit less liquid left in the jar, but the change was very small.

(c) Did water move into or out of the egg? Why?  A small amount of water moved into the egg because the distilled water had a slightly lower concentration of solute molecules than inside the egg.


4. (a) What happened to the size of the egg after remaining in syrup? The egg became smaller.

(b) Was there more or less liquid left in the jar?  There was more liquid left in the jar.
(c) Did water move into or out of the egg? Why?  Water moved out of the cell because the syrup molecules were hypotonic to the solute molecules inside the egg.


5.  Was the egg larger after remaining in water or vinegar? Why?  The egg was larger after remaining in water because the water has the lower concentration of solute molecules than the vinegar so more water would diffuse to an area of higher concentration of solute particles.


6.  Why are fresh vegetables sprinkled with water at markets?  They do this so that water will diffuse into the vegetables and keep them plump and allow them to keep their look of freshness.


7.  Roads are sometimes salted to melt ice.  What does this salting do to the plants along roadside and why?  This salting dehydrates the plants because the higher salt concentration causes the water to diffuse out of the plant to even up the concentration.


Error Analysis:

A few errors may have happened over the course of this experiment. The washing of the egg could have affected the mass.  Also, the jars might not have been thoroughly cleaned out before putting in the next substance.  This could have affected the rate of diffusion because it would have changed the concentration of the solute particles.  These errors and a few others may have occurred.

 Discussion and Conclusion:

The hypothesis was not correct.  While two of the solutions caused the eggs to increase in mass, syrup caused the egg to lose mass.  This shows that the syrup was hypertonic to the solution inside of the egg, causing water to diffuse out of the egg to try and establish equilibrium. The egg’s mass increased in the distilled water and vinegar because they were hypotonic to the solution in the egg, causing water to diffuse into the cell.  The shell on the egg dissolved because    the egg shell is made of calcium carbonate and vinegar contains acetic acid.  These two can react to produce calcium acetate and carbonic acid which then decompose into water and carbon dioxide.


Chromatography of Plant Pigments Sample 2 PreAP


Chromatography of Plant  Pigments



Chromatography is a way of separating a mixture using differences in the abilities of the components to move through a material. All chromatography involves two phases – a stationary phase and a mobile phase. The movement of the mobile phase through the stationary phase allows separation to take place. Because the components of a mixture move at different rates, they eventually separate.

Paper chromatography is a common way to separate various components of a mixture. The components of the mixture separate because different substances are selectively absorbed by paper due to differences in polarity. A solution can be separated by allowing it to flow along a stationary substance. Water or some other solvent is used as the mobile phase. The solvent moves upward along the paper because of capillary action. As it reaches the spot, the mixture dissolves in the solvent. For instance, the pigments in an ink solution can be separated by passing the ink through a piece of paper. The pigments respond differently to the paper. The differences in the migration rates result in differences in the distances the separated components travel, some pigments are held back while other moves ahead. Eventually, a pattern of colors results that shows the separated pigments.


Paper can be used to separate mixed chemicals.


The materials used for this lab are paper, pencil, scissors, eraser, filter paper, test tube, cork, paper clip, metric ruler, black felt-tip pen, and a calculator.


The first step to this experiment was to bend a paper clip so that it is straight with a hook at one end. Push the straight end of the paper clip into the bottom of a cork stopper. Next, hang a thin strip of filter paper on the hooked end of the paper clip. Insert the paper strip into the test tube so it does not touch the sides, but almost the bottom of the test tube. Next, remove the paper strip from the test tube and draw a solid 5 mm wide band about 25 mm from the bottom of the paper, using a black felt tip pen. Use a pencil to draw a line across the top of the paper strip 10 cm from the top.

Pour about 2 mL of water into the test tube with the bottom of the paper in the water and the black band above the water. Observe what happens as the liquid travels up the paper. Record the changes you see. When the solvent has reached the pencil line, remove the paper from the test tube. Let the paper dry on the desk. With a metric ruler, measure the distances form the starting point to the top edge of each color. Record the data in a data table. Calculate a ration for each color by dividing the distance the color traveled by the distance the solvent traveled.


The results of the experiment are shown in a chart and a graph.

Distance color traveled and Rf value.


Color of ink (list in orderDistance traveled by each color (mm)Distance solvent traveled (mm)Ration traveled =
Distance color moved /Distance water moved



1. How many colors separated from the black ink? Six colors separated from the black ink: yellow, orange, pink, red, blue, violet.

2. What served as the solvent for the ink? Water served as the solvent because it is the universal solvent.

3. As the solvent travel up the paper, what color appeared first? Orange appeared first as the solvent traveled up the paper.

4. List the colors in order from top to bottom that separated from the black ink? The colors that separated from top to bottom: violet, blue, red, pink, orange, and yellow.

5. In millimeters, how far did the solvent travel. The solvent traveled 120mm.

6. From your results, what can you conclude is true about black ink. That black ink is a combination of several colors and that can be separated by water.

7. Why did the inks separate? The ink separated because each pigment has its own characteristics and molecular structure.

8. Why did some inks move a greater distance? Different pigments were absorbed at different rates.

Error analysis

There could be an error by the way the ink was distributed on the paper or by the amount of water put in the test tube.


The hypothesis was correct. This experiment showed the way black ink could be separated. Black ink is made from a various colors— yellow, orange, pink, red, blue, and violet. The colors separate because of the differences in their molecular characteristics, their solubility in water and their rate of absorption by the paper.

Darwin Day PreAP 2003


Galapagos FinchesH.M.S. Beagle
Voyage of the BeagleShip’s Naturalist
Beaks of Galapagos FinchesFive Year Voyage

Charles Darwin’s Life and Studies

Charles Robert Darwin was his name.
The evolution theory was his claim to fame.
He studied theology and received his bachelor’s degree,
from a highly noted school, Cambridge University.

Darwin was a naturalist on a British expedition.
To study plants and animals was his mission.
The H.M.S Beagle sailed far and near.
Darwin found new animals in places rare.

Darwin had a large collection of fossils
He knew that his finds were colossal.
The fossils connected life old and new.
And from this his theory grew.

After studying his organism collection.
He developed the theory, natural selection.
Survival of the fittest was another name,
for the natural selection game.

The people of his time were shocked by his theory.
Of humans from monkeys, they were wary.
Darwin’s theories impacted religious thought.
And changed the science that was taught. 

Darwin lived until 1882,
but his work is still studied by me and you.


The Man Behind Evolution 

An English Naturalist named Charles Darwin made many contributions
For he was best known for his statement on the theory of evolution.
In his revolutionary book, “The Origin of Species by Natural Selection,”
Darwin stated the facts he knew about evolution and with that he started a collection.
He presented the vast array of facts based on the development of animals and plants,
He studied from flowers, trees, and shrubs all the way to finches and ants.
In a 2nd book “The Descent of Man”,
Darwin applied his theory to the human race and he knew he had discovered a plan.
Darwin was born in the town of Shrewsbury and at the University of Edinburgh and Cambridge is where he began to learn,
His father wanted him to be a clergyman, but without his interest at cause, his fame he would not have earned.
After graduation he began an expedition on the H.M.S. Beagle where he set sail,
He explored for five years of different animals and plants that he would soon prevail.
Back to England to study the theory of evolution he came,
Darwin received credit for the development of the theory and to this is how he earned his well-known name.
While in South America in April 19, 1882, a disease called charges soon infected him,
But his theory of evolution and his facts worldwide and truly just began.

Galapagos IslandsAncestors of Birds
Galapagos TortoisesVolcanic Islands
Galapagos Island “cupcakes”H.M.S. Beagle “pie”
Beaks of FinchesGround Finch
Off the Coast of South AmericaCaptain Fitzroy’s Ship
Galapagos TortoiseDarwin’s Life