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Scientific Inquiry Overview - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll get a high-level overview of the nature of scientific inquiry. The chapter is taught by expert science instructors, who use an engaging teaching style to show you the foundations of biological study and the connections between science, technology, math and society. You'll also examine the fundamentals of biotechnology and the ways scientific progress can benefit the world. When you're finished working through the chapter, you should be able to:
- Describe the nature of science
- Recognize significant events in biology's history
- Address concepts that unify all the scientific disciplines
- Describe the relationship between science and technology
- Assess similarities between science, math and technology systems
- Summarize the history of biotechnology
- Explain how society's problems can be solved through the use of science and technology
The chapter can be completed at your own pace, and we've included a variety of supplemental resources to enhance your studying experience. Try the included assessments to make sure you take away key concepts from the lessons. If you need any extra help with the material, you can use the Ask the Expert feature to submit your questions. The chapter also includes printable transcripts for offline study.
1. 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.
2. Key Events in the History of Biological Study
The study of living things has a rich and exciting history. Here we will examine some of the key events in the history of biological study, their significance to the field, and the impacts of biological discoveries on humankind. At the end, you can test your knowledge with a brief quiz.
3. 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.
4. How Science & Technology Are Related
What are science and technology, and how are they related? Learn about how science leads to technology, and technology leads to science. Discover some examples from history.
5. Similarities Among Systems in Mathematics, Science & Technology
How do the concepts of balance and equilibrium extend throughout science and mathematics? How does solving algebraic equations parallel chemical equilibrium within a solution? See how crucial balance is in our universe as well as how mathematics is used to describe these constant equilibriums.
6. What is Biotechnology? - Definition, History & Examples
Biotechnology is a broad category and includes some surprising concepts. Learn what practices and disciplines fall under this exciting and expanding classification.
7. The Influences on Science as a Human Endeavor
Science is loved by many and criticized by some. What is there to love and dislike about it? This lesson answers this question from a personal, cultural, and global standpoint.
8. How Science & Technology Can Be Used to Solve Society's Problems
What is science and technology, and how do we use them to solve society's problems? Learn about the many advances humans have made thanks to science, then test your knowledge with a quiz.
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Other chapters within the OSAT Biological Sciences (CEOE) (010): Study Guide & Practice course
- Scientific Inquiry Process
- Safety Procedures and Hazards in Scientific Research
- Basic Chemistry & Biochemistry
- Cell Biology
- Basics of Metabolic Biochemistry
- Cell Cycle & Cell Division
- DNA, RNA & Gene Expression
- Types & Effects of Genetic Mutations
- Introduction to Genetic Engineering
- Classical & Molecular Genetics
- Mechanisms of Biological Evolution
- Organism Classification & Phylogenesis
- Characteristics & Organization of Organisms
- Requirements of Biological Systems
- Plant Growth and Reproduction
- Animal Reproduction & Development
- Overview of Human Anatomy & Body Systems
- Biology: Diseases & Prevention
- Populations and Biological Communities
- Ecosystems and Biomes
- Biochemical Cycles
- Human Activity and the Biosphere