Ch 1: MEGA General Science: Practices of Science & Engineering

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In preparation for the MEGA General Science test, study the Practices of Science & Engineering chapter of this study guide. When you've finished each lesson, you can try out a multiple-choice quiz for more practice.

MEGA General Science: Practices of Science & Engineering - Chapter Summary

Let our instructors guide you through lessons addressing practices of science and engineering to help you get ready for the MEGA General Science test. The lessons include information about these topics:

  • Scientific thinking, scientific research and scientific tools
  • Safety concerns in conducting scientific research
  • Types of research design
  • Steps of scientific investigation
  • The engineering design process
  • The ways in which organizations turn inputs into outputs
  • Themes, principles and relationships in science
  • The definition of systems thinking in management

The lessons in this chapter will prepare you for questions concerning the practices of science and engineering on the MEGA General Science test. In each engaging lesson, you will become acquainted with a new topic that might come up on this exam. As you go through the chapter, you can use the dashboard feature to track the progress you make.

11 Lessons in Chapter 1: MEGA General Science: Practices of Science & Engineering
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Scientific Ways of Thinking

1. Scientific Ways of Thinking

Are you interested in becoming a scientist? Science is all about gaining knowledge by asking good questions, making observations, testing your ideas and drawing conclusions. With a little practice, you can learn to think like a scientist.

What is Scientific Research?

2. What is Scientific Research?

This lesson will discuss important components of scientific research, including the scientific method, peer review, statistical significance, and more!

Scientific Tools and Their Uses

3. Scientific Tools and Their Uses

A scientist relies on tools to help make observations, carry out experiments and take measurements. Learn about the scientific tools used in a lab and the advanced tools used by scientists in the life sciences.

Conducting Scientific Research: Safety Concerns & Regulations

4. Conducting Scientific Research: Safety Concerns & Regulations

When scientists conduct research, safety is a top concern. Learn about the kinds of hazards a scientist faces depending on the kind of work that they do, as well as some risks with scientific research. Plus, see how safety regulations protect all of us.

Types of Research Design

5. Types of Research Design

There are questions to be answered in all areas of psychology. How are these questions answered by professionals in the field? This lesson covers several different options researchers can use to approach such questions.

What is Scientific Investigation? - Definition, Steps & Examples

6. What is Scientific Investigation? - Definition, Steps & Examples

Scientific investigation is the way in which scientists and researchers use a systematic approach to answer questions about the world around us. Read on to find out more. A quiz is provided to test your understanding.

Scientific Inquiry vs. Technological & Engineering Design

7. Scientific Inquiry vs. Technological & Engineering Design

In this lesson, we will describe the similarities and differences between the scientific inquiry process and the technological and engineering design process.

Engineering Design: Definition & Process

8. Engineering Design: Definition & Process

In this lesson, we will define engineering design and explain the engineering design process from defining the problem to testing and redesigning the final product.

Technology: How Organizations Turn Inputs to Outputs

9. Technology: How Organizations Turn Inputs to Outputs

In this lesson, you will learn about the three different types of technologies used by organizations and how the type of technology used by an organization impacts the structure of that organization.

Unifying Themes, Principles & Relationships in Science

10. Unifying Themes, Principles & Relationships in Science

Learn the true definition of science and explore the main themes and principles to understand how science helps us find relationships in the natural world. Take a quiz to test what you know.

Systems Thinking in Management: Definition, Theory & Model

11. Systems Thinking in Management: Definition, Theory & Model

System thinking is an essential component of a learning organization. In this lesson, we will be exploring the definition of system thinking, its underlying theory, and model.

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