Ch 1: Nature and History of Science

About This Chapter

Review the history and nature of science with video lessons and text covering scientific theory and law, scientific ethics and more. You'll also find multiple-choice lesson and chapter quizzes to affirm your understanding of these concepts.

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.

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