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Introduction to Life Science - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
In this introduction to life science, you'll learn about what exactly life science is. You'll also learn about how experiments are planned and carried out. At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:
- Describe scientific ways of thinking and the scientific method
- Define life science and the development of well-known life science theories
- Discuss experimental design and carrying out research safely
- List scientific tools and what they're used for
|Scientific Ways of Thinking||Describe how scientists work through the process of examining evidence, testing, and reasoning; discuss how learners can think like scientists do.|
|What Are Life Sciences?||Define life science, and identify the sub-fields within it.|
|Life Science Theories||Describe the process of collecting evidence to support and develop a theory; describe several common life science theories, like cell structure and evolution.|
|The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms, and Examples||Describe how the scientific method works; compare and contrast its use in the lab and in the field.|
|Experimental Design in Science: Definition and Method||Discuss how experiments are planned so that measurable and objective results are achieved.|
|Scientific Tools and Their Uses||Identify common tools and how they're used, such as microscopes, a thermocylinder, an inoculation hood, maps, and models.|
|Conducting Scientific Research: Safety Concerns and Regulations||Discuss potential hazards and how to safely guard against them; identify common safety regulations.|
|Science Vocabulary and Concepts: Study Skills and Word Parts||List tips for learning about the specialized terminology and ideas that are part of life science work.|
1. Scientific Ways of Thinking
Are you interested in becoming a scientist? Science is all about gaining knowledge by asking good questions, making observations, testing your ideas and drawing conclusions. With a little practice, you can learn to think like a scientist.
2. What Are Life Sciences?
The life sciences study all types of living things. Branches of the life science study things from the tiniest microorganisms to the largest animals. Learn about the many branches of the life sciences and what it's like to work in these fields.
3. Life Science Theories
In the life sciences there are many theories that explain how life works. However, before these theories became widely accepted they had to be put to the test. In this lesson, you will learn how ideas become theories.
4. 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.
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.
6. Scientific Tools and Their Uses
A scientist relies on tools to help make observations, carry out experiments and take measurements. Learn about the scientific tools used in a lab and the advanced tools used by scientists in the life sciences.
7. Conducting Scientific Research: Safety Concerns & Regulations
When scientists conduct research, safety is a top concern. Learn about the kinds of hazards a scientist faces depending on the kind of work that they do as well as some risks with scientific research. Plus, see how safety regulations protect all of us.
8. 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.
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Other chapters within the Life Science: Middle School course
- Characteristics & Chemicals of Life
- The Parts of Cells
- DNA Replication & Mutation
- Cell Division & the Cell Cycle
- How Living Organisms Get Energy
- Classification of Organisms
- The Origin & History of Life On Earth
- Genetics & Hereditary Traits
- Genetic Engineering Basics
- Natural Selection & Evolution in Life Science
- Microbiology & Types of Microbes
- Introduction to Ecosystems
- Types of Ecosystems
- Changing Ecosystems
- Birds & Mammals
- Animal Behavior & Communication
- Mammal Reproduction & Development
- The Respiratory System
- The Cardiovascular System
- The Blood Vessels
- The Digestive System
- The Urinary & Endocrine Systems
- The Brain & Nervous System
- The Muscular System
- The Skeletal System & Connective Tissue
- Sight, Hearing & Other Senses
- Health Issues & Concerns
- Plant Biology & Structure
- How Plants Grow & Reproduce
- Environmental Concerns
- Natural Resources
- Earth History & Geologic Time