Ch 1: Scientific Inquiry Overview

About This Chapter

Work through this chapter to gain insight into the basics of scientific inquiry. This chapter is available 24/7, and it can be used to bring up your grades, study for an upcoming exam, supplement your science textbook or complete homework assignments.

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.

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: Scientific Inquiry Overview
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The Nature of Science

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.

Key Events in the History of Biological Study

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.

Unifying Concepts Common to All Sciences

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.

How Science & Technology Are Related

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.

Similarities Among Systems in Mathematics, Science & Technology

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.

What is Biotechnology? - Definition, History & Examples

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.

The Influences on Science as a Human Endeavor

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.

How Science & Technology Can Be Used to Solve Society's Problems

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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