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MTEL Biology: Analysis & Interpretation of Data - Chapter Summary
Descriptive statistics and the metric system make up a few of the many issues that you can brush up on in video and text lessons throughout the Analysis & Interpretation of Data chapter. The lessons also aim at preparing you for questions on the MTEL Biology exam about any of the following:
- Mean, median and mode
- Calculating the standard deviation
- Drawing conclusions based on internal validity
- Common unit conversions
- Significant figures and scientific notation
- Making estimates from quantitative and categorical data
- Scatter plots and correlation coefficients
Conveniently watch the chapter's videos on a computer or mobile device at a time that works with your schedule. Some text lessons have key terms linking you to additional text that will further refresh your memory.
Objectives of the MTEL Biology: Analysis & Interpretation of Data Chapter
The MTEL Biology test gauges your qualification for teaching students in Massachusetts according to your demonstrated competencies. Having a strong grip on this chapter's material will make you prepared for potential questions from the Nature of Science exam subarea. There will be between 12 and 14 multiple-choice questions based on this particular subarea, which collectively affect about 10% of your score. The pair of constructed-response items on the test may address info covered in this chapter.
1. 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.
2. Common Unit Conversions
Watch this video lesson, and you will become a pro at converting between inches and feet, between feet and yards, and between quarts and gallons. Learn the special numbers involved in each conversion.
3. 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.
4. What Are Descriptive Statistics? - Definition and Uses
This lesson is a simple walk-through of the common types of descriptive statistics and why they are important for understanding psychological research. You will likely be familiar with many of them but some you may not be.
5. Mean, Median & Mode: Measures of Central Tendency
By describing the data using central tendency, a researcher and reader can understand what the typical score looks like. In this lesson, we will explore in more detail these measures of central tendency and how they relate to samples and populations.
6. Calculating the Standard Deviation
In this lesson, we will examine the meaning and process of calculating the standard deviation of a data set. Standard deviation can help to determine if the data set is a normal distribution.
7. Statistical Analysis: Using Data to Find Trends and Examine Relationships
Many different organizations use statistical analysis to describe and analyze data and to predict future trends. Learn about the different types of statistics in this video lesson.
8. The Relationship Between Variables: Correlation Coefficient & Scatterplots
The focus of this lesson is on how both correlation coefficients and scatterplots convey the same message. Specifically, this lesson will explore how these two can reveal the same information but in different ways.
9. Make Estimates and Predictions from Categorical Data
Categorical data can be estimated but not predicted. Learn why in this video lesson along with how to read and gather information from a bar graph of categorical data.
10. Making Estimates and Predictions using Quantitative Data
Watch this video lesson to learn how you can read a scatter plot to learn more about a particular situation. Also learn how you can make estimates within the range of data you have and predict what may happen outside the range of data.
11. Drawing Conclusions Based on Internal Validity
When a researcher gets the results of their study back, how do they know that the independent variable caused the results? In this lesson, we'll look at how internal validity shapes the way researchers draw conclusions about their research.
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