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Praxis Physics: Scientific Inquiry & Social Perspective - Chapter Summary
These lessons aim to refresh your understanding of scientific inquiry and social perspective as part of your studies for the Praxis Physics exam. In addition to explaining the purpose of scientific research and detailing steps of the scientific method, this chapter will detail the following:
- Experimental design in science
- Differences between qualitative and quantitative data
- Interpretation of scientific data tables
- Determining validity and reliability of research studies
- Unifying scientific concepts
- Significant theories, events, and contributions in the history of science
- Branches of physics
- Ethics in relation to scientific investigations
You will be guided through this chapter by an expert instructor whose goal is to convey pertinent scientific information in a concise and comprehensible manner. Should you have any questions, though, you may reach out to one of our scientific experts for assistance. After you finish each lesson, you can take the associated self-assessment quiz to determine how well you understand what you've just reviewed.
1. What is Scientific Research?
This lesson will discuss important components of scientific research, including the scientific method, peer review, statistical significance, and more!
2. The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples
The scientific method is more than just hypotheses and experiments. In this lesson, we'll explore the themes and variations that make up the world of science.
3. Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method
What are the requirements of a scientific experiment? How do scientists turn hypotheses into theories and laws? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson on the design of scientific experiments.
4. Qualitative vs. Quantitative Data in Various Research Methods
Qualitative data and quantitative data are both useful in research, but it is important to understand the differences between the two. Learn how to differentiate the two types of data in this lesson.
5. 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.
6. Validity and Reliability: How to Assess the Quality of a Research Study
Many psychologists and teachers complete research studies. How can you tell if a study was done well? This lesson will cover many criteria for a good quality study, including types of reliability and validity.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. What is Physics? - Definition, History & Branches
Known as the fundamental science, physics creates a foundation for other natural sciences. In this lesson, you'll be introduced to the field of physics, learning about its history and its modern branches of study.
10. 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.
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