Ch 2: Historical Development of Scientific Laws & Theories

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Our professional instructors outline the historical development of scientific theories and laws in this chapter. These videos and self-assessment quizzes are designed to help you prepare for an upcoming exam, get ahead in class or learn about these concepts for personal interest.

Historical Development of Scientific Laws & Theories - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll find a collection of video lessons on the historical development of scientific laws and theories. Some of the topics covered include the theory of relativity and the law of universal gravitation. Once you complete this chapter, you should be able to achieve these objectives:

  • Outline the laws of thermodynamics
  • Identify Kepler's role in the scientific revolution
  • Discuss Hubble's constant and Hubble's law
  • Detail the voyages, theories and works of Charles Darwin
  • Explain Sir Isaac Newton's contributions to astronomy
  • Share the causes and effects of the scientific revolution
  • Provide examples of breakthroughs in medicine and chemistry

Each video lesson is accompanied by a short self-assessment quiz to ensure you've understood what you've studied. Go back and review any section of the video easily using the the timeline. If you like to study offline, the printable lesson transcripts make handy offline study guides.

10 Lessons in Chapter 2: Historical Development of Scientific Laws & Theories
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Theory of Relativity: Definition & Example

1. Theory of Relativity: Definition & Example

Watch this video lesson, and you will learn about the theory of special relativity and how it applies to you. Learn how you can use one of the most famous equations from this theory to calculate the power inside just one tiny object.

The Law of Universal Gravitation: Definition, Importance & Examples

2. The Law of Universal Gravitation: Definition, Importance & Examples

Gravity is what pulls us toward Earth, but it's also what pulls Earth toward us. This is explained by the law of universal gravitation, which describes how all objects in the universe have this important force between them.

The Laws of Thermodynamics

3. The Laws of Thermodynamics

Learn about the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Find out how energy is generated, how it converts from one form to another, and what happens to energy in a closed system.

Kepler's Role in the Scientific Revolution

4. Kepler's Role in the Scientific Revolution

In this lesson, we will learn about the role Johannes Kepler played in the Scientific Revolution. We will identify his major contributions and learn why he was important.

Hubble's Law & Hubble's Constant

5. Hubble's Law & Hubble's Constant

This lesson will go over and define the Hubble Law and Hubble constant. We'll not only do a practice problem but also define conceptually what these two things mean to our cosmos.

Charles Darwin: Voyages, Theories & Works

6. Charles Darwin: Voyages, Theories & Works

In this lesson we explore the life and voyages of the 19th-century British naturalist Charles Darwin and his formulation of the theory of natural selection.

Sir Isaac Newton And Astronomy

7. Sir Isaac Newton And Astronomy

This lesson will teach you about Newton's laws of motion and universal gravitation as well as why the moon doesn't fly off into space and why it doesn't crash into the Earth.

The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

8. The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

In this lesson we explore the Scientific Revolution and the controversy which surrounds the very term. Additionally, we learn about just a few of the most important thinkers of the period who laid the foundation for our modern understanding of the world.

Effects of the Scientific Revolution

9. Effects of the Scientific Revolution

In this lesson, we explore the philosophical, religious, and cultural effects of the Scientific Revolution on Early Modern society - effects that forever changed the Western view of the universe and humanity's place within it.

Breakthroughs in Medicine & Chemistry: Examples & Empiricism

10. Breakthroughs in Medicine & Chemistry: Examples & Empiricism

In this lesson, we explore the medical and chemical breakthroughs which occurred in the 16th and 17th centuries as part of the era's increased emphasis on empiricism and the concurring Scientific Revolution.

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