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MTEL Physics: Interpreting & Analyzing Scientific Data - Chapter Summary
There are many aspects concerning scientific data, and the video lessons in this chapter guide you through an examination of all the different parts of the process. Discover methods for measuring variables, and learn the visual techniques for showing your findings. Questions on the MTEL Physics test may ask you to perform different tasks related to collecting or analyzing scientific data, and going through the lessons in this chapter will give you more knowledge about the following topics:
- Unit conversion and the metric system
- Experimental design
- Statistical analysis
- Analyzing data sets
- Methods for drawing conclusions
All of our video lessons come with tags to let you click through the main topics. You can pause the video lessons at any time, and you can always rewatch lessons to help learn the materials. The video transcripts are clearly organized with headers and bolded keywords, which will prove quite useful as you study for the MTEL Physics test.
MTEL Physics: Interpreting & Analyzing Scientific Data - Chapter Objectives
The bulk of this test is multiple-choice (100 questions), although there is a small portion of free response questions (two questions). Out of the seven subareas on this test, the topic of scientific data is placed under the nature of science subarea, which accounts for twelve percent of the exam, and consists entirely of multiple-choice questions. The point of this subarea is to evaluate your knowledge of the scientific process as well as test your skills with data collection and interpretation.
Make the most of your study time by using our video lessons to improve your knowledge about analyzing scientific data. Through studying this chapter, you will not only be more prepared for the nature of science subarea, but also for the two open-response questions that may require you to interpret and analyze scientific data.
1. 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.
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. 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.
4. Collecting & Analyzing Data for Physics Investigations
Learn how to collect and analyze data in physics investigations. Create plots with best fit lines and error bars, and make conclusions from them. Complete quiz questions to test your scientific skills.
5. 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.
6. Organizing & Reporting Experimental Results
This lesson discusses how to present experimental results in a scientific paper, and includes writing style, why it is important to be selective in reporting data, and when to use text, tables, and figures.
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. Math Review for Physics: Algebra
There's quite a lot of algebra you need to know to do physics. Here we'll review some of the concepts needed for rearranging equations, working with polynomials, and working with exponents.
9. Simple Linear Regression: Definition, Formula & Examples
Simple linear regression is a great way to make observations and interpret data. In this lesson, you will learn to find the regression line of a set of data using a ruler and a graphing calculator.
10. Interpreting Linear Relationships Using Data: Practice Problems
Understanding linear relationships is an important part of understanding statistics. This lesson will help you review linear relationships and will go through three practice problems to help you retain your knowledge. When you are finished, test out your knowledge with a short quiz!
11. Visual Representations of a Data Set: Shape, Symmetry & Skewness
Visual representations are a fantastic way of understanding and analyzing your data. Use this lesson to understand the characteristics of visual representations of data.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. Analyzing, Applying, and Drawing Conclusions From Research to Make Recommendations
In this lesson, we'll explore how companies analyze, apply and draw conclusions from research to solve problems. Learn how effective recommendations can help a business survive and thrive.
15. Scientific Data Analysis
Science involves collecting data. But what do you do once is collected? Learn about how to analyze data, including the difference between accuracy and precision.
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