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Ch 2: Historical Developments in Science

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Use this chapter to learn more about historical developments in science. You can access these lessons and quizzes to study how important scientific theories and laws were discovered.

Historical Developments in Science - Chapter Summary

Broaden your understanding of historical developments in science with this chapter. You'll be able to learn about significant scientists involved with important developments and you'll have the chance to go over definitions and examples of groundbreaking scientific laws and theories. This chapter offers you information specifically about:

  • The theory of relativity
  • Laws of universal gravitation and thermodynamics
  • Kepler and the Scientific Revolution
  • Charles Darwin and his theories
  • Astronomy and Sir Isaac Newton
  • Early atomic theory and the scientists who developed it

Our lessons are geared to appeal to students with a variety of learning styles. You can view our engaging videos or read the transcripts to work on understanding these scientific developments. Each lesson is also associated with an interactive quiz that will help you ensure you've absorbed what you're learning.

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: Historical Developments in Science
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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.

Charles Darwin: Voyages, Theories & Works

5. 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

6. 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.

Early Atomic Theory: Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford and Millikan

7. Early Atomic Theory: Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford and Millikan

Imagine firing a bullet at a piece of tissue paper and having it bounce back at you! You would probably be just as surprised as Rutherford when he discovered the nucleus. In this lesson, we are going to travel back in time and discuss some of the major discoveries in the history of the atom.

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