About This Chapter
NJBCT: Using Math for Research - Chapter Summary
This chapter is designed to help you review how to use math for research purposes. The educational video lessons include techniques for analyzing and making arguments from univariate data. While getting ready to display your knowledge of biology on the NJBCT examination, you'll study three notable measures of central tendency and explore strategies for solving table problems. You can also strengthen your ability to read line graphs. By the end of this chapter, you might be able to:
- Define mean, median and mode
- Make predictions based upon univariate data
- Interpret scientific graphs and tables
- Comprehend the scientific method
- Develop critical-thinking skills
- Use logic in mathematics
Use your mobile device to watch the videos or to listen to the information as it's narrated by educated and experienced instructors. Take as long as you like to absorb the material, then complete the five-question quizzes and discover how much you remember. Written transcripts also accompany the lessons, and an ask-an-expert function can be found on the Dashboard.
NJBCT: Using Math for Research Chapter Objectives
The NJBCT examination is made up of five categories: Organization and Development, Matter and Energy Transformation, Interdependence, Heredity and Reproduction and Evolution and Diversity. The assessment takes two days to administer, and there's a one-hour-and-45-minute time limit for testing on each of the days. You'll be expected to answer 60 multiple-choice questions and to complete two performance assessment tasks (PATs). The latter require lengthy written responses. You'll receive a score report that will determine your level of knowledge to be advanced proficient, proficient or partially proficient.
1. Mean, Median & Mode: Measures of Central Tendency
By describing the data using central tendency, a researcher and reader can understand what the typical score looks like. In this lesson, we will explore in more detail these measures of central tendency and how they relate to samples and populations.
2. Making Arguments & Predictions from Univariate Data
Univariate data is used to describe a situation or experiment; however, you can also use the data to make arguments and predictions. This lesson will show you how to use measures of central tendency to make arguments and predictions.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Critical Thinking and Logic in Mathematics
Logic has its own unique language and way of defining what is true and false. Watch this video lesson to learn how you can critically think in the language of logic while working with math.
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