Ch 1: Chapter 1: About Science

About This Chapter

The About Science chapter of this Prentice Hall Conceptual Physics Textbook Companion course helps students learn the essential physics lessons on the scientific method and key scientific accomplishments in history. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the About Science textbook chapter.

How it works:

  • Identify the lessons in Prentice Hall Conceptual Physics' About Science chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover topics on scientific advancements and research that you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Branches of physics
  • Scientific notation
  • Steps of the scientific method
  • Distinction between science, pseudoscience, and dogma
  • Elements of scientific research
  • Components of a scientific hypothesis
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Scientific accomplishments in the mid-1800s to early 1900s
  • Scientific advancements since 1945
  • Pre-Scientific Revolution reasoning and experimentation
  • Causes, leaders, and impact of the Scientific Revolution

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12 Lessons in Chapter 1: Chapter 1: About Science
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What is Physics? - Definition, History & Branches

1. What is Physics? - Definition, History & Branches

Known as the fundamental science, physics creates a foundation for other natural sciences. In this lesson, you'll be introduced to the field of physics, learning about its history and its modern branches of study.

Significant Figures and Scientific Notation

2. 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.

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.

The Nature of Science

4. The Nature of Science

This lesson will explore the basic nature of science. It will distinguish science from pseudoscience and hypothesis from theory and natural law; it will give plenty of examples of each.

What is Scientific Research?

5. What is Scientific Research?

This lesson will discuss important components of scientific research, including the scientific method, peer review, statistical significance, and more!

Developing a Scientific Hypothesis

6. Developing a Scientific Hypothesis

This video describes how to create a hypothesis and includes the three main things needed to create a strong hypothesis. You'll learn how to make a clear statement that can be both tested and measured.

Hypothesis Testing: Comparing the Null & Alternative Hypothesis

7. Hypothesis Testing: Comparing the Null & Alternative Hypothesis

This lesson explores the process of comparing the null and the alternative hypothesis, as well as how to differentiate between the two after your testing is done.

The Advance of Science & Technology Since 1945: Developments & Impact

8. The Advance of Science & Technology Since 1945: Developments & Impact

In this lesson, we explore just a few of the numerous advances and innovations made in the worlds of sciences and technology, from automobiles and televisions to computers and phones that can fit in the palm of your hand.

Science, Art, Religion & Philosophy in the Mid to Late 1800s & Early 1900s

9. Science, Art, Religion & Philosophy in the Mid to Late 1800s & Early 1900s

The end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century was a period of advances in scientific discovery, philosophy, religion, and artistic expression. In this lesson, learn about the influential ideas, individuals, and movements of the time.

Pre-Scientific Revolution: Logic, Reason & Scientific Experimentation

10. Pre-Scientific Revolution: Logic, Reason & Scientific Experimentation

In this lesson, we explore the reasons behind the typical narrative surrounding the Middle Ages and the advances in reason and science made during this period.

The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

11. The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

In this lesson we explore the Scientific Revolution and the controversy which surrounds the very term. Additionally, we learn about just a few of the most important thinkers of the period who laid the foundation for our modern understanding of the world.

Effects of the Scientific Revolution

12. Effects of the Scientific Revolution

In this lesson, we explore the philosophical, religious, and cultural effects of the Scientific Revolution on Early Modern society - effects that forever changed the Western view of the universe and humanity's place within it.

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