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Ch 4: How Science, Technology & Society Are Related

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Review the ways technology, science and society are related in your own time and at your own pace with this collection of informative lessons. In this chapter, you'll find the resources you need to study these topics as you prepare for an important exam or to catch up in class.

How Science, Technology & Society Are Related - Chapter Summary

Our professional instructors present the ways science, society and technology are related in this chapter. When you work through these lessons, you'll find information on how human societies are affected by components of the earth system, plus scientific research and ethics in investigations. You should be able to complete the following once you finish this chapter:

  • Outline the principles unifying the branches of science
  • Describe how technology and science are related
  • Discuss the risks and benefits of scientific research and technological advancements
  • Understand how to apply ethics to scientific investigations
  • Explain how science and technological advances are affected by societal conditions
  • Identify the technical and engineering applications for Earth science
  • Evaluate scientific arguments and claims effectively
  • Detail science in the mass media

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9 Lessons in Chapter 4: How Science, Technology & Society Are Related
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How Components of the Earth System Affect Human Societies

1. How Components of the Earth System Affect Human Societies

Our ability to live on earth depends on the components that make up the earth system. In this lesson we discuss the components, including the interactions and impacts they have on human societies.

Principles Unifying the Branches of Science

2. Principles Unifying the Branches of Science

Scientists of different disciplines look to compete with one another. But they have more in common than you might think. Learn about the basic principles that all scientists share, and why they're important.

How Science & Technology Are Related

3. How Science & Technology Are Related

What are science and technology, and how are they related? Learn about how science leads to technology, and technology leads to science. Discover some examples from history.

Scientific Research & Technological Advancements: Risks & Benefits

4. Scientific Research & Technological Advancements: Risks & Benefits

How are science and technology related? What are the risks and benefits of technological advancement? Learn how technology has improved our lives and created potential problems. After, take a quiz to see how your knowledge has advanced!

Applying Ethics to Scientific Investigations

5. Applying Ethics to Scientific Investigations

In this lesson we will learn about ethics in science. We will look at why ethics is important and consider a few examples of how scientists need to act ethically in their experiments.

How Societal Conditions Affect Science & Technological Advances

6. How Societal Conditions Affect Science & Technological Advances

Throughout history, we can see how science and technology have advanced or been hindered based on societal conditions. Today, what society values still affects scientific and technological advances.

Engineering & Technical Applications for Earth Science

7. Engineering & Technical Applications for Earth Science

Earth science might be a subject you study in school, but it's also a topic that has huge and wide-ranging applications in the real world. Learn about a few of these applications and how they work.

How to Evaluate Scientific Claims & Arguments

8. How to Evaluate Scientific Claims & Arguments

When you hear about the new scientific discovery, how can you be sure that it's true? Learn how to evaluate scientific claims and arguments, and then test your new skills with a quiz.

Science in the Mass Media

9. Science in the Mass Media

Learn about the importance of the mass media to communicate scientific discoveries and the many issues with how that communication happens. See how well you understand by taking a quiz.

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