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Nature of Scientific Knowledge - Chapter Summary
The lessons provide you with key information about the basics of scientific knowledge, including terminology and scientific models and theories. Lessons cover the following topics:
- Difference between science and pseudoscience
- Development of scientific theories
- Concepts such as systems, cycles, constancy and change
- Selection of science models
All of the lessons in this chapter are short, averaging about 5 minutes to watch or read. The lessons are informative and engaging, featuring real life examples and creative animation. All of the lessons are accompanied by a quiz that allows you to test your level of understanding on the material you just covered. The quizzes can also be printed out as worksheets, so you can take the quiz offline as well.
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 Development of Scientific Theories
It takes quite a bit of time to develop a scientific theory, and it is a rigorous process. This lesson will describe what scientific theories are and how they are developed by scientists.
3. Basic Science Concepts & Terminology
You don't have to dedicate your life to the study of science to be a scientist. All you need to do is notice basic science concepts like systems, cycles, constancy and change. Read on to learn more about these essential scientific concepts.
4. Selecting Appropriate Models in Science
Scientific models are used to describe physical phenomenon and are tested against real world data. In this lesson, you will become familiar with a real example of how scientists select appropriate models for their work including knowledge of their limitations.
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Other chapters within the GACE Middle Grades Science (014): Practice & Study Guide course
- Scientific Inquiry & Design
- Major Developments & Historical Figures in Science
- Collecting & Analyzing Scientific Data
- Science Laboratory & Field Equipment Safety
- Environmental Effects of Science & Technology
- Energy Production & Natural Resource Management
- Science & Technology in Consumer Products
- The Atomic Model, Energy & Matter
- Concepts & Relationships Between Energy & Matter
- Basics of the Periodic Table
- Chemical Compounds & Reactions
- Acid-Base Chemistry
- Solutions & Solubility
- Basic Concepts of Mechanics
- Electricity & Magnetism Concepts
- Waves & Optics
- Structure & Function of Cells & Organelles
- Basic Biochemistry of Life
- Basic Genetics
- Evolution, Natural Selection & Biological Diversity
- Hierarchical Classification of Living Things
- Plant Structures & Function
- Animal & Human Anatomy & Physiology
- Population Dynamics & Ecology
- Intro to Rocks, Minerals & Soil
- Earth's Structure & Internal Processes
- Effects of Plate Tectonics
- Historical Geology
- Water Cycle
- Earth's Oceans & Landforms
- Freshwater Characteristics & Processes
- Atmosphere & Weather
- Climate & Seasons
- Exploring Features of the Solar System
- Earth-Moon-Sun System
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