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Nature and History of Science - Chapter Summary
Use the lessons in this chapter to go over the nature of scientific inquiry. Introductory lessons rehash what sets science apart from dogma and pseudoscience before outlining the differences among a hypothesis, scientific theory and natural law. Our experienced instructors will also help you review the historical development of scientific knowledge along with the analytical tools and principles scientists use to make ethical decisions when conducting and publishing research.
Wrap up your study of the history and nature of science with lessons outlining the branches of chemistry, the role of mathematics in scientific investigation, and the concepts common among all scientific disciplines. Topics of instruction include:
- Characteristics and foundations of science
- Ethical decision-making in science
- Unifying themes in science
- Branches of chemistry
This chapter includes resources suitable for anyone interested in reviewing the history and nature of science. Watch illustrated videos or, if you'd prefer a written format, read the transcripts and click on links to supplementary text lessons. This chapter also includes several multiple-choice quizzes that link back to video content, so you can reinforce your understanding of every lesson's main ideas and key terms.
1. The Nature of Science
This lesson will explore the basic nature of science. It will distinguish science from pseudoscience and hypothesis from theory and natural law; it will give plenty of examples of each.
2. The History of Science: Events, Contributions & Theories
In this lesson, we discuss a few significant events in science's history. We will see how science has changed over the years as we start to question what we think we know.
3. Applying Ethics to Scientific Investigations
In this lesson we will learn about ethics in science. We will look at why ethics is important and consider a few examples of how scientists need to act ethically in their experiments.
4. What is Chemistry? - Definition, History & Branches
Known as the central science, chemistry is integral to our understanding of the natural world around us. In this lesson, you'll be introduced to the field of chemistry, learning about its history and its modern applications.
5. Unifying Concepts Common to All Sciences
After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain what science is and describe some concepts and ideas that are common across all sciences. A short quiz will follow.
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Other chapters within the GACE Chemistry (528): Practice & Study Guide course
- Scientific Inquiry Principles and Procedures
- Chemistry in Daily Life and the Environment
- Energy Production
- Measurement in Science
- Equipment, Safety Procedures and Hazards in the Chemistry Lab
- Forms of Energy and Conservation
- Gas Laws
- The Atom and Atomic Theory
- Nuclear Processes
- Thermochemistry & the Laws of Thermodynamics
- Properties of Liquids & Solids
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Overview of Stoichiometry
- Introduction to Chemical Bonds
- Trends of the Periodic Table
- Structure and Function of Macromolecules
- Basics of Metabolic Biochemistry
- Equilibrium in Chemistry
- Reaction Rates in Chemistry
- Elements, Compounds & Mixtures
- Types of Reactions in Chemistry
- GACE Chemistry Flashcards