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Ch 2: FTCE Chemistry: Scientific Research Basics

About This Chapter

This chapter reviews scientific research basics to help you prepare for the FTCE Chemistry exam. You'll find engaging text and video lessons that cover topics like the scientific method, experimental design, types of data and more.

FTCE Chemistry: Scientific Research Basics - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter on the basics of scientific research to help you study for the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) Chemistry exam. The lessons contained in this chapter review the following information:

  • Scientific research
  • The nature of science
  • The scientific method
  • Experimental design
  • Qualitative and quantitative data
  • Interpreting tables, graphs and charts
  • Validity and reliability in research
  • Unifying concepts across science disciplines
  • The history of science
  • Ethics in scientific investigation

Every concept is carefully explained by an expert instructor, who can also be contacted if you get stuck on a certain area. Test yourself on lesson topics using the brief multiple-choice quizzes that accompany each lesson. For video lessons, use the timeline tags to focus on specific areas where you need extra review.

FTCE Chemistry: Scientific Research Basics Chapter Objectives

The FTCE Chemistry exam is part of the certification process for prospective chemistry teachers in the state of Florida. The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and takes two and a half hours to complete. This chapter helps prepare you for the nature of science content domain, which makes up about ten percent of the total test.

10 Lessons in Chapter 2: FTCE Chemistry: Scientific Research Basics
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The Nature of Science

1. 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?

2. What is Scientific Research?

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

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.

Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method

4. 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.

Qualitative vs. Quantitative Data in Various Research Methods

5. Qualitative vs. Quantitative Data in Various Research Methods

Qualitative data and quantitative data are both useful in research, but it is important to understand the differences between the two. Learn how to differentiate the two types of data in this lesson.

How to Interpret Tables, Graphs & Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

6. How to Interpret Tables, Graphs & Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

In this lesson, we will look at some practice problems involving tables, graph, and charts. We will specifically look at x- and y-axis graphs, pie charts, and bar graphs.

Validity and Reliability: How to Assess the Quality of a Research Study

7. Validity and Reliability: How to Assess the Quality of a Research Study

Many psychologists and teachers complete research studies. How can you tell if a study was done well? This lesson will cover many criteria for a good quality study, including types of reliability and validity.

Unifying Concepts Common to All Sciences

8. Unifying Concepts Common to All Sciences

After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain what science is and describe some concepts and ideas that are common across all sciences. A short quiz will follow.

The History of Science: Events, Contributions & Theories

9. The History of Science: Events, Contributions & Theories

In this lesson, we discuss a few significant events in science's history. We will see how science has changed over the years as we start to question what we think we know.

Applying Ethics to Scientific Investigations

10. Applying Ethics to Scientific Investigations

In this lesson we will learn about ethics in science. We will look at why ethics is important and consider a few examples of how scientists need to act ethically in their experiments.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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