Shmoop Launches AP Environmental Science Guide

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Shmoop Team helps shed light on the nature of the natural AP.

Shmoop's AP Environmental Science Guide

Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and test prep, announces today the launch of a new AP Environmental Science learning guide to help students prepare for the exam.

Environmental science is all about learning how to fix the planet’s problems, whether humans caused them or not. If a student is in the mood to get guilt-tripped by a class, or just wants to help make this world a better place, they’re probably taking the AP Environmental Science exam (or APES, for those who think better in primate acronyms).

In addition to an overview that prepares the diligent for the length, content, and format of the test, the Shmoop guide to APES explores each topic on the exam in incredible detail. For now, here’s a brief overview of each subject:

●    Earth Systems and Resources. Volcanoes. Soil. Rocks. Those big ocean things. What has been here for millions of years, and what will be here for millions more?

●    The Living World. Ecosystems are ecointeresting. (Bada boom.) Learn the ins and outs of biological populations and the process of natural selection.

●    Population. People are growing—not just individually (although that much is terrifyingly true), but as a species. How long can humans keep consuming resources and destroying habitats before our species runs out of potatoes to slather with oil?

●    Land and Water Use. Have a conversation about conservation. H2Oh no…

●    Energy Resources and Consumption. Why don’t fossil fuels live in a museum? What are the safest and most effective alternatives to using these limited resources? Shmoop is thinking Soylent Green...but that’s people, so maybe not.

●    Pollution. Learn ways how we can clean up our collective act—and our planet.

●    Global Change. Is it getting hot in herrrrrre? No? Just Shmoop?

Throughout the guide, Shmoop will answer some of your most burning questions:

●    How does a student separate Mesozoic from Cenozoic?
●    How are scientists trying to genetically modify organisms? And will this engineering give pigs the penchant for flight they’ve always dreamed of?
●    Why do humans need more than 1,200 varieties of banana? Exactly how big can that Chiquita woman’s hat get?
●    What does Black Friday have to do with survival of the fittest? Is this about getting in line early so teenagers can be sure to snag the new Xbox?

Get the answers—and get in the (o)zone—with Shmoop’s new guide to AP Environmental Science.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides, Test Prep, SAT, and Teacher Editions balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards and was named “Best in Tech” for 2010 and 2011 by Scholastic Administrator. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, Calif.

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