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Ch 4: Processing Experimental Results

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Check out this chapter as you go over processing experimental results. As you plan your biology study sessions, remember that our lessons provide comprehensive guides that offer thorough discussions about major vocabulary words, scientific concepts, visual representations of data, and more.

Processing Experimental Results - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter as you brush up on processing experimental results. Whether you need a quick review, or if you need to learn all the important info about this topic, our extensive chapter has you covered. The instructors will teach you about such concepts as mathematical relationships, visual summaries of findings, diagram interpretation, and computer models.

To gain a deeper understanding of processing experimental results, our instructors use real-life examples, which can help you get a better grasp on how scientists utilize and interpret data. By the time you complete this chapter, you will have gained enough knowledge to do the following:

  • Explain how scientific investigations are used to process quantitative data
  • Describe techniques for reading scientific charts and graphs
  • Point out methods for drawing diagrams of scientific concepts and processes
  • Identify examples of scientific models
  • Define requirements of external validity
  • Differentiate the terms error, accuracy, and precision
  • Establish how to use evidence to modify scientific investigations
  • Determine ways that experimental data can help you draw logical conclusions
  • Offer examples of how to support a conclusion with given evidence
  • Show the implications of scientific research proposals and findings

After you review the lesson materials, challenge yourself by answering the self-assessment quizzes included with each lesson. Answering the questions will allow you to evaluate how well you understand the major lesson topics, which can help you verify how prepared you may be for an upcoming exam.

10 Lessons in Chapter 4: Processing Experimental Results
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Processing Quantitative Data from Scientific Investigations

1. Processing Quantitative Data from Scientific Investigations

Processing quantitative data from scientific investigations involves using math to understand a scientific concept. In this lesson, we use an Earth science example to explore how data is processed and analyzed to gain scientific understanding.

How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

2. 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.

How to Draw Appropriate Diagrams of Scientific Processes and Concepts

3. How to Draw Appropriate Diagrams of Scientific Processes and Concepts

Very often a scientific concept or process may be difficult to completely follow until we see a diagram. Sometimes however, making sense of them only becomes harder after seeing one! In this lesson, we'll learn to make diagrams that are more useful.

Scientific Models: Definition & Examples

4. Scientific Models: Definition & Examples

What are scientific models and how are they used? Learn about the different types of scientific models, including visual, mathematical, and computer models, and discover some real-life examples of each.

Requirements of External Validity: Internal Validity & Replication

5. Requirements of External Validity: Internal Validity & Replication

In order to generalize results from studies to the real world, there are a couple of things that are required. In this lesson, we look at the requirements for external validity: replication and internal validity.

Evaluating Data: Precision, Accuracy & Error

6. 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.

Modifying Scientific Investigations Based on Evidence

7. Modifying Scientific Investigations Based on Evidence

In this lesson, we'll learn about how the evidence from your scientific investigation supports or refutes your hypothesis. We'll also go into how to use your data to revise your hypothesis and refine your experiment.

Drawing Logical Conclusions from Experimental Data

8. Drawing Logical Conclusions from Experimental Data

Experimental results are what scientists like to share with each other, but it's important to understand what those data mean. We do this in the final step of the experimental process, when we draw meaningful conclusions from the results we obtained.

Understanding Whether Given Evidence Supports a Conclusion

9. Understanding Whether Given Evidence Supports a Conclusion

Part of being a good scientist is evaluating other scientists' work. One aspect of this is knowing whether the evidence provided supports the scientists' conclusions. While this is not always easy, it is necessary in order to produce good science.

Implications of Scientific Research Findings & Proposals

10. Implications of Scientific Research Findings & Proposals

Once a scientist finishes a research project, what happens to that research? How do pieces of research work together to add to overall scientific knowledge? How does a scientist decide what their research really means?

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