Ch 6: Scientific Inquiry & Experiments

About This Chapter

Get a better understanding of scientific inquiry and experiments with this chapter. You'll look at how to develop a scientific hypothesis, evaluate data from scientific investigation, and more. These brief lessons and quizzes are easy-to-use and can help you prepare for an exam or test your comprehension of this topic.

Scientific Inquiry & Experiments - Chapter Summary

By working through these lessons, you can deepen your knowledge of scientific inquiry and experiments. For example, you can take a look at the appropriate tools to use for scientific tests and data collection. This interactive chapter can also assist you with understanding how to make a clear statement that can be tested and measured. After reviewing the lessons, you should be ready to:

  • Explain what scientific investigation is
  • Describe how to create a hypothesis
  • Design an experiment based on a hypothesis
  • Discuss how to properly run an experiment
  • Perform calculations with measurements to limit uncertainty
  • Define accuracy and reproducibility in relation to science experiments
  • Recount methods used to organize and report experimental results

These lessons can assist you with better understanding scientific inquiry and experiments. Vocabulary words are highlighted in bold for quick reference, and a brief quiz is available for each lesson to test your knowledge. Also, each video lesson includes a full written transcript that you can print and use as a study guide.

7 Lessons in Chapter 6: Scientific Inquiry & Experiments
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What is Scientific Investigation? - Definition, Steps & Examples

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.

Developing a Scientific Hypothesis

2. Developing a Scientific Hypothesis

This video describes how to create a hypothesis and includes the three main things needed to create a strong hypothesis. You'll learn how to make a clear statement that can be both tested and measured.

Designing an Experiment to Test a Given Hypothesis

3. Designing an Experiment to Test a Given Hypothesis

A well-written hypothesis is the key to any well-designed experiment. In this lesson, we'll work through the process of designing an experiment based on the hypothesis it's meant to test and see how the two work to complement each other.

Using Appropriate Tools for Scientific Tests & Data Collection

4. 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.

Measurements & Uncertainty in Science

5. Measurements & Uncertainty in Science

In this lesson, you will discover the importance of precision and accuracy in science while learning to make measurements. Also, you will understand how to perform calculations with measurements that conserve precision and limit uncertainty.

Evaluating Data from Scientific Investigation

6. Evaluating Data from Scientific Investigation

After watching this video, you will be able to explain the meaning of the terms 'accuracy' and 'reproducibility,' or precision, as they relate to science experiments. A short quiz will follow.

Organizing & Reporting Experimental Results

7. Organizing & Reporting Experimental Results

This lesson discusses how to present experimental results in a scientific paper, and includes writing style, why it is important to be selective in reporting data, and when to use text, tables, and figures.

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