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Overview of Scientific Inquiry - Chapter Summary
This overview of scientific inquiry ensures you have a quality understanding of the nature of science, the steps involved in scientific investigation and laboratory safety. Refresh your knowledge of basic science concepts, terminology and more! Once you've completed this chapter, you will be able to:
- Exhibit knowledge of hypothesis, theory and law in science
- Discuss unifying concepts common to all sciences
- Utilize appropriate tools for scientific tests and data collection
- Explain patterns in scientific data
- Evaluate data using precision, accuracy and error
- Identify common laboratory equipment and its uses
- Respond to emergency situations in the lab
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1. What is Scientific Investigation? - Definition, Steps & Examples
Scientific investigation is the way in which scientists and researchers use a systematic approach to answer questions about the world around us. Read on to find out more. A quiz is provided to test your understanding.
2. Hypothesis, Theory & Law in Science
In this lesson, learn how to define hypothesis, theory, and law in science. Then, discover the ways that these ideas are related to each other and how they help us to explain the universe around us.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Using Appropriate Tools for Scientific Tests & Data Collection
A properly run experiment depends on using the right tools, both for data collection and analysis. In the end, it will save you time, money and frustration to spend some time planning out which tools are most appropriate for your work.
6. Identifying & Explaining Patterns in Scientific Data
We need to know how to analyze the data that we get from scientific data. By analyzing the trends and patterns in data we can understand what the experiment results are.
7. Evaluating Data: Precision, Accuracy & Error
The data you present as a scientist needs to be as accurate, precise and error-free as possible. In this lesson, we'll discuss what each of these terms means, as well as how error is introduced into measurements and other data collection.
8. Common Laboratory Equipment: Types & Uses
Biologists use all kinds of equipment in their labs to run their experiments. In this lesson, you'll identify some of the most common pieces of equipment as well as when you should or shouldn't use them.
9. 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.
10. Responding to Emergency Situations in the Lab
Science laboratories can be dangerous places. This lesson will discuss how to respond to various emergency situations one might encounter in the lab, from cuts and burns, to corrosive and poisonous substances, to fires.
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