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FTCE Physics: Scientific Investigation - Chapter Summary
Employ this chapter's lessons to enhance your grasp of scientific investigation and prepare for the physics FTCE. These lessons offer instruction in the following areas to help you correctly answer related questions on the test:
- Defining and outlining experimental design
- Understanding the scientific method
- Interpreting scientific data from tables and graphs
- Identifying scientific laboratory equipment and correlative safety use measures
- Planning and performing a scientific experiment
- Assimilating the historical development of physics
Instructors cover these topics in concise video lessons, describing each concept and offering examples to help you understand the material. The short video format and lesson summaries at the end of each tutorial help guide your preparation for the FTCE.
Objectives of the FTCE Physics: Scientific Investigation Course
The purpose of the FTCE Physics test is to assess potential Florida teaching candidates' readiness to teach physics. Questions related to scientific investigation account for approximately 7% of the total exam. Each lesson in the Scientific Investigation chapter includes a correlative quiz that can help you discern how well you've grasped the information. Quiz questions emulate those found on the actual FTCE.
While the FTCE Physics test is completely multiple-choice, there are several types of questions within that format found on the exam. Some may ask you to choose the best way to complete a sentence, while others solicit a response based on a graph or chart. Still, others will outline a scenario or case study, after which you will be asked to choose the answer that indicates the most fitting diagnosis or course of action.
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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. Interpreting Tables of Scientific Data: Practice Problems
Complex table problems getting you down? Multi-question, situational problems don't have to be a drag on your testing performance. Learn how to apply three simple rules as we walk through two table problems together.
6. Interpreting Graphs and Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems
Do charts and graphs make problem-solving difficult? Complex problems with visual representations can drain your brain during a test. In this lesson, learn three simple rules for solving problems with charts and graphs. We'll try them out as we walk through two sample problems.
7. Design a Scientific Experiment: Example of Avery and Griffith's Experiments
What are the requirements of a scientific experiment? How do scientists design their investigations? In this lesson, we'll use the work of Avery and Griffith to explore the process of experimental design.
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