Ch 12: Earth Science Investigation & Experimentation

About This Chapter

Watch online science video lessons and learn about the scientific method, topographic maps, natural phenomena and more. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Earth Science Investigation & Experimentation - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The short, entertaining video lessons included in this chapter can teach you how to dig into Earth science research, in particular, and scientific experimentation, in general. Instructors also show you how to use research tools in the field or lab and present your own findings. You can even learn what it takes to assess the validity of scientific evidence. This chapter can help you learn how to:

  • Identify tools and techniques for conducting an experiment
  • Read and interpret a variety of charts, graphs, tables and maps
  • Report experiment outcomes in oral and written presentations
  • Identify and interpret changes to natural phenomena

Video Objectives
Science Vocabulary & Concepts: Study Skills & Word Parts Develop a study plan that caters to your learning style. Find out how to use word prefixes and suffixes to determine the meaning of unfamiliar scientific terminology.
The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples Identify the six steps in the scientific method, and explain the importance of feedback loops.
Developing a Scientific Hypothesis Learn how to develop a hypothesis that can be tested by scientific experimentation.
Tools and Technology for Earth Science Investigation Examine such tools as spring scales, balances, calculators, computers, microscopes and binoculars. Discover how they're used to perform tests and collect or display data.
How to Construct Graphs from Data Explore methods for turning experiment data into graphs.
Graph Terminology: Axis, Range & Scale Define graph terminology, including axis, range and scale.
How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts Investigate methods for interpreting experiment data presented in the form of line graphs, bar charts, flow charts and pie charts.
How to Write a Written Report of a Scientific Investigation Find out how to convey, in writing, the outcomes and steps involved in a scientific investigation.
How to Give an Oral Presentation on a Scientific Investigation Discover strategies for creating an oral presentation that explains an experiment's steps and outcomes.
How to Interpret Scientific Evidence Discern whether experimental evidence justifies the explanation presented.
How to Read Topographic and Geologic Maps Learn what kind of information is presented on topographic and geologic maps, and find out how to interpret them.
How to Construct and Interpret a Scale Map Follow methods for interpreting a simple scale map and constructing one of your own.
How to Interpret Events from Natural Phenomena Develop an understanding of time and sequence. Use it to interpret the relative ages of rocks and other natural phenomena.
How to Identify Changes in Natural Phenomena Over Time Identify changes occurring over time to such natural phenomena as groves and hill-slopes.

13 Lessons in Chapter 12: Earth Science Investigation & Experimentation
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples

2. 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.

Developing a Scientific Hypothesis

3. 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.

How to Construct Graphs from Data

4. How to Construct Graphs from Data

This video describes how to create a line graph and explains the four main parts that graphs need to contain: 1. previously collected data, 2. picture representations, 3. use of the correct graph type, and 4. labels. This lesson also covers dependent and independent variables.

Graph Terminology Axis, Range & Scale

5. Graph Terminology Axis, Range & Scale

This lesson will focus on what the X- and Y-axes are and what the terms range and scale are as they pertain to graphing. Later in the lesson, the idea of scale breaks will be discussed.

How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

6. 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.

How to Write a Written Report of a Scientific Investigation

7. How to Write a Written Report of a Scientific Investigation

Many times, writing a good written report of a scientific investigation is just as important as the experiment itself. In this lesson, we'll learn why the hypothesis, procedure, and results are so important.

How to Give an Oral Presentation on a Scientific Investigation

8. How to Give an Oral Presentation on a Scientific Investigation

After watching this video lesson, you will know how to give an oral presentation that delivers the important parts of your scientific investigation in a way that your audience will like and understand.

How to Interpret Scientific Evidence

9. How to Interpret Scientific Evidence

Watch this video lesson to learn how you can tell whether or not your scientific data answers your question by determining what your data is telling you. Then test your new knowledge with a quiz!

How to Read Topographic and Geologic Maps

10. How to Read Topographic and Geologic Maps

This lesson explains the main features of topographic maps, including contour lines, index contours and contour intervals. It will also cover two rules that all contours follow and discuss geologic maps and the information they contain.

How to Construct and Interpret a Scale Map

11. How to Construct and Interpret a Scale Map

This lesson will explain what a scale map is and how it represents two different things on the map expressed as a ratio. This lesson will also demonstrate the steps needed to create a scale map from any ordinary map.

How to Interpret Events from Natural Phenomena

12. How to Interpret Events from Natural Phenomena

This lesson will explain what scientists can determine from looking at Earth's rock layers. It will cover terms used to describe parts within the layers of rock and how layers can change over time. Relative dating will also be discussed.

How to Identify Changes in Natural Phenomena Over Time

13. How to Identify Changes in Natural Phenomena Over Time

Have you ever seen a volcano erupt? Have you seen the Northern Lights? If not, don't worry. You've probably seen or heard other natural phenomena. Let's find out together how we can detect changes to phenomena over time.

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