What is Classification in Science? - Definition & System


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Why do we organize ideas in science?

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1. What is the correct term for scientific classification?

2. In biological taxonomy, we organize living things into how many different ranks?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In order to understand something, it's important to first have a coherent system of classification in which you can sort information you uncover. This is the reason why classification is so important to science. You can learn more about the use of classification in science with this quiz and worksheet. Some things you'll be tested on include the field of taxonomy and ways to remember classification systems.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on the following:

  • Why science organizes ideas
  • Term for scientific classification
  • Number of ranks in taxonomy
  • Ways to remember each rank
  • Controversies over rankings

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - use the questions to test your recollection of the methods and reasons for scientific classification
  • Reading comprehension - make sure that you understand the specific method of scientific classification and the different ranks that are used in classification
  • Knowledge application - use the information you've gained from the lesson to identify specific ranks and ways to remember them

Additional Learning

If you want to learn more about scientific classification, review the lesson called What is Classification in Science? - Definition & Systems. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Reason for scientific classification
  • Field of taxonomy
  • How taxonomy is organized
  • Ranks of classification