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MTEL Biology: Scientific Processes - Chapter Summary
You can use the lessons in this chapter to research and review the scientific process, as you are preparing for the MTEL Biology exam. The videos cover all dimensions of the scientific process to help you with these types of questions on the exam:
- Understanding laboratory measurements
- Unit conversion and dimensional analysis
- Textual and non-textual scientific presentations
- Reading and interpreting scientific graphs, charts and tables
Our instructors help you recollect all the important points you need to review regarding the scientific process. Each lesson has a transcript with key terms written in bold to reinforce what topics are most significant for you to understand.
Objectives of the MTEL Biology: Scientific Processes Chapter
The MTEL Biology exam evaluates your knowledge and comprehension of all dimensions of biology. These include the nature of science, chemistry of life and cell biology, characteristics of organisms, human anatomy and physiology, genetics, evolution and biodiversity, and populations, ecosystems and the environment. Your score on the exam will be used to determine your eligibility for a teacher's license in the state of Massachusetts. The topics in this Scientific Processes chapter are part of the Nature of Science Objective, which makes up 10% of the test items. The self-assessment quizzes that come with each video allow you to test your comprehension and experience the kinds of questions that will appear on the exam.
The MTEL Biology is a computer-based-test (CBT) with 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-response items. The multiple-choice questions present you with a passage or question and then provide several response alternatives from which you must pick the single correct answer. Multiple-choice questions count for 80% of your score. The other 20% of your score comes from your answers to the two open-response items. These can be on any of the objectives, and evaluate your ability to integrate your knowledge and understanding.
1. Understanding Laboratory Measurements: Units & Types
There are many different units that can be used for measurements. This may not only lead to incorrect data measurements, but also to confusion about which units are most appropriate. Therefore, a standard set of units is used for each type of measurement in the biology lab.
2. 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.
3. Understanding Textual & Non-Textual Scientific Presentations
In order to understand science, you have to know science. This knowledge includes understanding the various ways that scientific information may be presented as well as how to critically analyze that information.
4. How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts
How do scientists summarize their findings with visual aids? In this lesson, explore the different types of tables, charts and graphs that scientists use. Learn to read these effectively as a preview to your science studies.
5. Interpreting Graphs and Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems
Do charts and graphs make problem-solving difficult? Complex problems with visual representations can drain your brain during a test. In this lesson, learn three simple rules for solving problems with charts and graphs. We'll try them out as we walk through two sample problems.
6. Interpreting Tables of Scientific Data: Practice Problems
Complex table problems getting you down? Multi-question, situational problems don't have to be a drag on your testing performance. Learn how to apply three simple rules as we walk through two table problems together.
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