Ch 2: MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): Research Methods & Equipment

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Let us review with you the proper methods for safely using biological materials in a laboratory and how to use laboratory equipment so that you can prepare for the MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) exam.

MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): Research Methods & Equipment - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter focus on the processes involved in performing scientific research in a classroom laboratory. Study them before taking the MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) exam. By the end of this chapter you will have reviewed:

  • How to safely work with biological specimens in a lab
  • Proper methods for disposing of hazardous materials
  • Safe storage of chemicals
  • The ethics of animal experimentation
  • Personal and standard safety lab equipment
  • Techniques for staying safe in the lab
  • Uses for scientific tools
  • How to interpret scale drawings
  • Use measurements to perform basic operations
  • Units and types of measurements
  • The conversion of standard units of measure
  • How to use scales, meters and gauges to collect measurements

The video lessons in this chapter have been created by educational professionals to help you review the most relevant information for the MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) exam. Refer to the video transcript if you would prefer text-based learning and make sure to take the self-assessment quiz to see how well you can apply the information reviewed in this chapter.

MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): Research Methods & Equipment Objectives

The MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) exam is designed to assess whether educational professionals are prepared to teach science courses at the elementary level. Teachers who pass this exam will qualify for certification to teach elementary science in the state of Michigan. The information reviewed in this chapter prepares test takers for the portion of the exam covering the foundations of scientific inquiry, which accounts for 25% of the entire score.

The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and can be completed either entirely on a computer or entirely on paper. Test takers will have up to 4.5 hours to complete the paper exam and 2.5 hours to finish the computerized version. A score of 220 or higher is necessary to qualify for certification.

13 Lessons in Chapter 2: MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): Research Methods & Equipment
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Scientific Tools and Their Uses

1. 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.

Standard Laboratory Safety Equipment

2. Standard Laboratory Safety Equipment

Even with proper precautions, lab accidents do happen. When they do, knowing what safety equipment is in your lab, where it is located, and how to use it can prevent further harm to both the lab and the people working in it.

Laboratory Safety Techniques: Protecting People and Equipment

3. Laboratory Safety Techniques: Protecting People and Equipment

Laboratory safety is not fun, but following the rules ensures that lab activities can be enjoyed by everyone. In this lesson, we cover some basic lab safety rules to follow that will help lab time be both safe and fun.

Personal Safety Equipment for the Science Lab

4. Personal Safety Equipment for the Science Lab

Science labs are great places to explore and learn. But they're only as safe as the people who use them, so in this lesson, we'll discuss some of the ways that you can protect yourself and prevent personal harm in the event of a lab accident.

Safe Chemical Storage, Use & Disposal

5. Safe Chemical Storage, Use & Disposal

An important part of lab safety involves the correct usage, storage, and disposal of chemicals. Lab safety is everyone's responsibility, so it's important that you know the proper procedures and protocols for using chemicals in the lab.

Disposing of Hazardous Materials: Public Safety & Controversy

6. Disposing of Hazardous Materials: Public Safety & Controversy

Hazardous materials come in all types and from many sources. Because they may be harmful to human health, it's important to dispose of them properly and safely. It's also due to this potential harm that both their use and disposal are controversial.

Working with Biological Specimens Safely in the Lab

7. Working with Biological Specimens Safely in the Lab

Working with biological specimens can be interesting and rewarding. But we need to be careful when handling and disposing of these types of specimens because they do have the potential to do harm both in and out of the lab.

Use of Animals In Experiments: Ethics & Concept

8. Use of Animals In Experiments: Ethics & Concept

Learn about using animals in experiments according to ethical guidelines set forth by the American Psychological Association, including the ethical and unethical use of animals in past research experiments, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Understanding Laboratory Measurements: Units & Types

9. 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.

How to Take Measurements with Scales, Meters & Gauges

10. How to Take Measurements with Scales, Meters & Gauges

In the real world, we take measurements all the time. Measurements are taken when you drive and when you weigh yourself, for example. Watch this video lesson to learn how you can take measurements of things that are important.

How to Convert Standard Units of Measure

11. How to Convert Standard Units of Measure

The United States uses pounds, miles, and Fahrenheit for measurements, but the rest of the world uses the metric system. This video lesson will help you to convert from one to the other easily, so you can understand kilometers and kilograms, too.

How to Perform Basic Operations with Measurements

12. How to Perform Basic Operations with Measurements

In this video lesson, you will learn how measurements are very much like variables when it comes to adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing them. You will also see examples of how they are done.

How to Read and Interpret Scale Drawings

13. How to Read and Interpret Scale Drawings

Watch this video lesson to learn how scale drawings and legends are used on maps and blueprints. Learn skills that will serve you well when traveling and when looking at the blueprints of a car.

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