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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a How Scientists Think and Work unit of a standard Intro to Astronomy course. Topics covered include:
- The nature of science
- Occam's razor as a scientific principle
- The scientific method
- Scientific research defined
- Types of research methods
- Formulating the research hypothesis and null hypothesis
- Inductive vs. deductive reasoning
- Research variables: dependent, independent, control, extraneous and moderator
1. The Nature of Science
Science can be defined as the accumulation of knowledge and the study of all the phenomena in the universe. Learn about the nature of science, the difference between science, dogma, and pseudoscience, and the definition of hypothesis, theory, and law.
2. Occam's Razor as a Scientific Principle
Occam's razor as a scientific principle states that the simplest explanation is the one that is mostly likely correct. Learn about Occam's razor, how it applies to conspiracy theories, a life example of Occam's razor, and a scientific example of Occam's razor.
3. The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples
The scientific method is a set of principles and procedures followed to gain knowledge through making questions and observations, performing experiments, and formulating and testing a hypothesis. Explore the key elements and real-life applications of the scientific method.
4. What is Scientific Research?
Scientific research involves using the scientific method to study a phenomenon systematically allowing researchers to draw reliable conclusions. Learn about the nature of scientific research and explore some components of scientific research, including the scientific method, peer review, and statistical significance.
5. What Are The Different Kinds of Research Methods?
Scientists can use different research methods depending on what they consider best to address what they are studying. Explore some research methods, including observation, correlation, and experimentation, as well as examples of each kind of methodology.
6. Formulating the Research Hypothesis and Null Hypothesis
Generally, research projects are designed to test a hypothesis, which is a statement of the condition to be studied or the question to be answered. Research projects actually prove or disprove a null hypothesis, which states the opposite of the hypothesis. Learn how to formulate the research hypothesis and null hypothesis, including research questions and if/then statements, and understand the concept of invalid hypothesis.
7. Inductive vs. Deductive Reasoning: Differences & Examples
Inductive reasoning makes use of evidence to come to a conclusion whereas deductive reasoning finds evidence to support a conclusion. Study the differences and examples of inductive and deductive reasoning that are used to understand science.
8. Research Variables: Dependent, Independent, Control, Extraneous & Moderator
In experimental research, factors that have any varying quality or quantity are known as a Variable. Discover the uses of Independent, Dependent, Control, Extraneous, and Moderator variables in conducting research.
9. Sir John Herschel: Biography & Photography
Explore the life and work of Sir John Herschel, a British scientist who contributed to the art of color photography. Learn about relations between astronomy, chemistry, photography, and printing.
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