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Ch 1: Fundamentals of Scientific Inquiry & Processes

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Review the fundamentals of scientific inquiry and processes with this informative chapter. Our video lessons are created by expert instructors and followed by short self-assessment quizzes to help you catch up after missing class or prepare for an important exam.

Fundamentals of Scientific Inquiry & Processes - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our professional instructors cover topics relating to the fundamentals of scientific inquiry and processes. These include the scientific method, creativity in scientific research and experimental design. Once you finish these video lessons, you should be able to complete the following goals:

  • Outline the nature of science
  • Define scientific research and its use
  • Detail the steps and terms used in the scientific method
  • Identify the role of serendipity and creativity in scientific research
  • Explain how scientific observations lead to scientific questioning
  • Discuss the method used in experimental design in science
  • Understand how to develop a scientific hypothesis
  • Avoid bias in scientific investigations

Our learning resources are written by experts to give you confidence as you study these topics. The videos we've included here are easy to navigate using the video tabs feature if you don't want to watch the entire thing. Along with each lesson, you'll also find a short quiz to test your knowledge and to help identify any areas that need more review.

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: Fundamentals of Scientific Inquiry & Processes
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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.

The Role of Serendipity & Creativity in Scientific Research

4. The Role of Serendipity & Creativity in Scientific Research

Science requires lots of hard work and dedication, but that's not all it takes to be successful. It also requires creative thinking and a bit of luck. In this lesson, learn about how creativity and serendipity play a role in the process of scientific discovery.

How Scientific Observations Lead to Scientific Questioning

5. How Scientific Observations Lead to Scientific Questioning

Scientific observations are a major component of the scientific process because they lead scientists to ask questions about the world around them. These questions may then be refined with continued observation, or they may be tested through experimentation.

Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method

6. 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.

Developing a Scientific Hypothesis

7. 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 Avoid Bias in Scientific Investigations

8. How to Avoid Bias in Scientific Investigations

In this lesson, you will learn what it takes to conduct a proper scientific investigation while doing your best to avoid any possibility of bias. Learn where possible sources of bias can come from and what you can do about it.

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