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Methods & Measurements in Physics - Chapter Summary
The video lessons in this chapter provide middle school students with a comprehensive overview of the field of physics, helping them understand the methods and measurements scientists use. Students can learn more about the history of physics and its modern branches of study, as well as the themes and variations that create the world of science. The engaging video lessons also explore the metric system, unit conversion and scientific notation to give students greater insight into this science. Students can use timelines found below the videos to jump to specific topics within the lessons. Video transcripts are also available.
Chapter Lessons and Objectives
|What is Physics? - Definition, History & Branches||Students learn the definition of physics, its history and its modern branches of study.|
|The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples||Instructors help students explore the themes and variations that create the world of science.|
|Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method||In this lesson, students discover what is required to conduct a scientific experiment and how scientists turn hypotheses into theories and laws.|
|The Metric System: Units and Conversion||Students examine how scientists use the metric system when reporting measurements and learn all about metric units for mass, length, volume and more.|
|Unit Conversion and Dimensional Analysis||Students explore unit conversion and dimensional analysis.|
|Significant Figures and Scientific Notation||This lesson helps students understand significant figures and scientific notation.|
1. What is Physics? - Definition, History & Branches
Known as the fundamental science, physics creates a foundation for other natural sciences. In this lesson, you'll be introduced to the field of physics, learning about its history and its modern branches of study.
2. The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples
The scientific method is more than just hypotheses and experiments. In this lesson, we'll explore the themes and variations that make up the world of science.
3. Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method
What are the requirements of a scientific experiment? How do scientists turn hypotheses into theories and laws? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson on the design of scientific experiments.
4. The Metric System: Units and Conversion
Just like you and your friend communicate using the same language, scientists all over the world need to use the same language when reporting the measurements they make. This language is called the metric system. In this lesson we will cover the metric units for length, mass, volume, density and temperature, and also discuss how to convert among them.
5. Unit Conversion and Dimensional Analysis
How is solving a chemistry problem like playing dominoes? Watch this lesson to find out how you can use your domino skills to solve almost any chemistry problem.
6. Significant Figures and Scientific Notation
Are 7.5 grams and 7.50 grams the same? How do scientists represent very large and very small quantities? Find out the answers to these questions in this video.
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