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Ch 1: Scientific Study Skills and Foundations: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Scientific Foundations and Study Skills chapter of this GED Science Help and Review course is the simplest way to master scientific foundations and study skills. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of scientific foundations and study skills.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering GED science material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn GED science. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding how to apply scientific foundations and study skills
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning science (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about scientific foundations and study skills
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra science learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the scientific foundations and study skills chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the scientific foundations and study skills chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any scientific foundations or study skills question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a scientific foundations and study skills unit of a standard GED science course. Topics covered include:

  • Science vocabulary
  • The scientific method
  • Experimental design
  • Textual and non-textual scientific presentations
  • Significant figures and scientific notation
  • Methods for interpreting graphs and charts

28 Lessons in Chapter 1: Scientific Study Skills and Foundations: Help and Review
Science Vocabulary & Concepts: Study Skills & Word Parts

1. Science Vocabulary & Concepts: Study Skills & Word Parts

Learning science presents a unique set of challenges for students. In this lesson, learn the tricks of the trade as we discuss scientific vocabulary and other science study skills.

Identifying & Interpreting Independent & Dependent Variables

2. Identifying & Interpreting Independent & Dependent Variables

Scientists answer questions by performing experiments that have an independent variable, a dependent variable and at least one control variable. By controlling, adjusting and measuring these variables, scientists find answers to their questions.

The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples

3. The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples

The scientific method is more than just hypotheses and experiments. In this lesson, we'll explore the themes and variations that make up the world of science.

Sampling Techniques In Scientific Investigations

4. Sampling Techniques In Scientific Investigations

We can learn a lot by gathering information from a small subset of a larger group. By sampling this smaller group, scientists can save time and money while still gaining a good understanding of the population as a whole.

Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method

5. Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method

What are the requirements of a scientific experiment? How do scientists turn hypotheses into theories and laws? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson on the design of scientific experiments.

The Metric System: Units and Conversion

6. The Metric System: Units and Conversion

Just like you and your friend communicate using the same language, scientists all over the world need to use the same language when reporting the measurements they make. This language is called the metric system. In this lesson we will cover the metric units for length, mass, volume, density and temperature, and also discuss how to convert among them.

Unit Conversion and Dimensional Analysis

7. Unit Conversion and Dimensional Analysis

How is solving a chemistry problem like playing dominoes? Watch this lesson to find out how you can use your domino skills to solve almost any chemistry problem.

Significant Figures and Scientific Notation

8. Significant Figures and Scientific Notation

Are 7.5 grams and 7.50 grams the same? How do scientists represent very large and very small quantities? Find out the answers to these questions in this video.

Understanding Textual & Non-Textual Scientific Presentations

9. Understanding Textual & Non-Textual Scientific Presentations

In order to understand science, you have to know science. This knowledge includes understanding the various ways that scientific information may be presented as well as how to critically analyze that information.

How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

10. How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

How do scientists summarize their findings with visual aids? In this lesson, explore the different types of tables, charts and graphs that scientists use. Learn to read these effectively as a preview to your science studies.

Interpreting Graphs and Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

11. Interpreting Graphs and Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

Do charts and graphs make problem-solving difficult? Complex problems with visual representations can drain your brain during a test. In this lesson, learn three simple rules for solving problems with charts and graphs. We'll try them out as we walk through two sample problems.

Interpreting Tables of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

12. Interpreting Tables of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

Complex table problems getting you down? Multi-question, situational problems don't have to be a drag on your testing performance. Learn how to apply three simple rules as we walk through two table problems together.

Design a Scientific Experiment: Example of Avery and Griffith's Experiment

13. Design a Scientific Experiment: Example of Avery and Griffith's Experiment

What are the requirements of a scientific experiment? How do scientists design their investigations? In this lesson, we'll use the work of Avery and Griffith to explore the process of experimental design.

How to Convert Grams to Amu

14. How to Convert Grams to Amu

This lesson explains the concept of the Atomic Mass Unit (AMU). The definition and significance of the unit is explained. The lesson also uses examples to describe how to convert from grams to AMU.

Bunsen Burner: Parts, Function & Diagram

15. Bunsen Burner: Parts, Function & Diagram

Mastery of the Bunsen burner is a major milestone for any science student. Learn the parts of the Bunsen burner, understand its function and be able to interpret a diagram of science's most famous burner.

Burette: Definition & Function in the Laboratory

16. Burette: Definition & Function in the Laboratory

Learn the parts of a burette and how to use one to obtain analytical data important in answering real questions. For example, can we figure out how much acid is in a can of Sprite?

Desiccator in Chemistry Lab: Definition & Concept

17. Desiccator in Chemistry Lab: Definition & Concept

Desiccators are important tools for scientists who perform chemical reactions in laboratories. This lesson addresses desiccators, their properties, and how they work.

Erlenmeyer Flask: Function & Dimensions

18. Erlenmeyer Flask: Function & Dimensions

Erlenmeyer flasks are used in many laboratories. They are common pieces of equipment utilized by scientists for experimentation. This lesson discusses Erlenmeyer flasks and their uses.

Evaporating Dish: Definition & Functions

19. Evaporating Dish: Definition & Functions

The science laboratory is full of equipment and glassware that enables us to perform experiments, make observations, and analyze different samples. In this lesson, we will discuss an important piece of laboratory glassware, the evaporating dish.

Grana in Biology: Definition & Function

20. Grana in Biology: Definition & Function

Grana are a necessary part of the process of photosynthesis. In this article you will learn exactly what grana are: their structure, function, and prevalence, and will test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Law of Conservation of Matter: Definition & Matter

21. Law of Conservation of Matter: Definition & Matter

In this lesson, we'll learn the definition of the Law of Conservation of Mass, sometimes called the Conservation of Matter. This lesson explores the discovery of this important principle and covers a few examples of how it works.

Law of Superposition: Definition & Concept

22. Law of Superposition: Definition & Concept

Superposition is one of the fundamental principles of stratigraphy. It is also a statement of the obvious (or seems to be). You will learn all about the concept in this lesson.

Length Contraction Explained: Formula & Example

23. Length Contraction Explained: Formula & Example

Learn what length contraction has to do with the speed of light, and why we don't notice it in every day life. Also learn a little about other relativity topics that will help you understand length contraction better.

Light Microscope: Definition, Uses & Parts

24. Light Microscope: Definition, Uses & Parts

Observation is an essential part of science, especially biology. Objects like bacteria, however, are too small to observe with the naked eye. For this reason, the light microscope has become an important and widely used tool for scientists.

Logarithmic Scale: Definition & Overview

25. Logarithmic Scale: Definition & Overview

A logarithmic scale is a useful way to represent information on a graph, especially when there are exponential changes in the magnitude of the numbers. Learn more, look at several examples and take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Malleability in Chemistry: Definition & Examples

26. Malleability in Chemistry: Definition & Examples

This lesson defines malleability and the origin of this physical property. The lesson provides examples of how malleability of metals can be observed in everyday life.

Mass Movement: Definition, Types & Examples

27. Mass Movement: Definition, Types & Examples

Mass movement involves the movement of material such as soil, rock, mud or snow, down a slope under the influence of gravity. In this lesson, we will look at what causes mass movement, the types of mass movement and see some real life examples of each.

Mixture in Chemistry: Definition & Examples

28. Mixture in Chemistry: Definition & Examples

Very few of the chemicals and substances we encounter on a daily basis are in their pure form. Many of them are mixtures. In this lesson, you will learn about the types of mixtures recognized by scientists.

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