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How it works:
- Identify the lessons in the Glencoe Nature of Science chapter with which you need help.
- Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
- Watch fun videos that cover the nature of science topics 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:
- Basic science principles
- How to conduct scientific research
- The definition and method of experimental design
- The types of research variables
- The differences between inductive and deductive reasoning
- Examples, steps and terms of the scientific method
- How to develop a scientific hypothesis
- The standard units of measurement
- The units and conversions of the metric system
- The differences between weight and mass
- How to measure items using scales, gauges and meters
- To operate scientific measurement tools
- How to interpret and read line graphs
- To understand pie charts and bar graphs
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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.
2. What is Scientific Research?
This lesson will discuss important components of scientific research, including the scientific method, peer review, statistical significance, and more!
3. 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.
4. Research Variables: Dependent, Independent, Control, Extraneous & Moderator
This lesson explores the terminology of experimental design. What are variables? How do they influence each other? Is it possible that you are seeing connections that don't actually exist?
5. Inductive vs. Deductive Reasoning: Differences & Examples
This lesson explores the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning in the form of psychological experiments. In addition to defining these terms, the lesson gives examples to explain how this reasoning is applied.
6. 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.
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.
8. Standard Units of Measurement for Length, Weight, Time & Capacity
Watch this video lesson to learn how to recognize the various units of measurement for length, weight, time and volume. Learn to recognize both U.S. units and metric units.
9. The Metric System: Units and Conversion
Just like you and your friend communicate using the same language, scientists all over the world need to use the same language when reporting the measurements they make. This language is called the metric system. In this lesson we will cover the metric units for length, mass, volume, density and temperature, and also discuss how to convert among them.
10. Mass and Weight: Differences and Calculations
We often talk about mass and weight as if they are the same. While they are proportional to each other, they are not, in fact, the same. In this video lesson, you will learn to distinguish between the two, as well as convert one to the other.
11. How to Take Measurements with Scales, Meters & Gauges
In the real world, we take measurements all the time. Measurements are taken when you drive and when you weigh yourself, for example. Watch this video lesson to learn how you can take measurements of things that are important.
12. How to Perform Basic Operations with Measurements
In this video lesson, you will learn how measurements are very much like variables when it comes to adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing them. You will also see examples of how they are done.
13. Reading and Interpreting Line Graphs
Watch this video lesson to find out how useful line graphs can be and how much information you can gain just from looking at one. Learn how you can apply that information in your own life to help you make better decisions.
14. Understanding Bar Graphs and Pie Charts
In this lesson, we will examine two of the most widely used types of graphs: bar graphs and pie charts. These two graphs can provide the reader with a comparison of the different data that is displayed.
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Other chapters within the Glencoe Physical Science: Online Textbook Help course
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 2: Motion
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 3: Forces
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 4: Energy
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 5: Work and Machines
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 6: Thermal Energy
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 7: Electricity
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 8: Magnetism and Its Uses
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 9: Energy Sources
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 10: Waves
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 11: Sound
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 12: Electromagnetic Waves
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 13: Light
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 14: Mirrors and Lenses
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 15: Classification of Matter
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 16: Solids, Liquids, and Gases
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 17: Properties of Atoms and the Periodic Table
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 18: Radioactivity and Nuclear Reactions
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 19: Elements and Their Properties
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 20: Chemical Bonds
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 21: Chemical Reactions
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 22: Solutions
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 23: Acids, Bases, and Salts
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 24: Organic Compounds