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Ch 1: Scientific Research & Analysis for Earth and Space Science

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The following video lessons and quizzes can be used to learn about methods involved in the process of researching and analyzing scientific data. Examine the scientific method and learn how to design a scientific experiment.

Scientific Research and Analysis for Earth and Space Science

Lessons in this chapter begin with the methods involved in experimental design. You'll learn how to read scientific graphs and be introduced to science vocabulary and scientific concepts. This chapter provides you with examples of the scientific method and instructs you on the roles of communication used in the development of scientific ideas. Once you've watched all the video lessons in this chapter, you should be able understand questions in these areas:

  • Explaining experimental design and the steps in the scientific method
  • Utilizing scientific vocabulary
  • Designing a scientific experiment
  • Describing earth science
  • Interpreting tables, graphs and charts
  • Evaluating data in terms of accuracy, precision, systematic error and random error
  • Explaining qualitative and quantitative data
  • Discussing collaboration, peer review and scientific debate

Our online lessons about scientific research and analysis in the field of earth and space science come in the form of video presentations by experienced and knowledgeable instructors. After you watch the video lessons, you can gauge your understanding of the subject matter with the self-assessment quiz that accompanies each lesson. If you want to refer back to a major point in one of the lessons, you can use the video tags that are provided in each lesson.

13 Lessons in Chapter 1: Scientific Research & Analysis for Earth and Space Science
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Earth Science?

1. What is Earth Science?

Earth science is a field that includes geology, astronomy, meteorology, and oceanography. Scientists do research in these fields to discover past and future events. Learn about the dynamic field of earth science and how it affects our lives in this lesson.

Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method

2. 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.

Science Vocabulary & Concepts: Study Skills & Word Parts

3. Science Vocabulary & Concepts: Study Skills & Word Parts

Learning science presents a unique set of challenges for students. In this lesson, learn the tricks of the trade as we discuss scientific vocabulary and other science study skills.

The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples

4. 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.

Design a Scientific Experiment: Example of Avery and Griffith's Experiments

5. Design a Scientific Experiment: Example of Avery and Griffith's Experiments

What are the requirements of a scientific experiment? How do scientists design their investigations? In this lesson, we'll use the work of Avery and Griffith to explore the process of experimental design.

What is Qualitative Data? - Definition & Examples

6. What is Qualitative Data? - Definition & Examples

Qualitative data is a completely different way to look at how to collect and analyze information. Learn about what qualitative data is, as well as some examples of qualitative data in the real world, and then test your knowledge with a quiz!

What is Quantitative Data? - Definition & Examples

7. What is Quantitative Data? - Definition & Examples

Watch this video lesson to find out the difference between saying you have seven apples and saying that those apples are delicious. You will learn about quantitative data and why it is useful.

How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

8. 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.

Interpreting Tables of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

9. 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.

Interpreting Graphs and Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

10. Interpreting Graphs and Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

Do charts and graphs make problem-solving difficult? Complex problems with visual representations can drain your brain during a test. In this lesson, learn three simple rules for solving problems with charts and graphs. We'll try them out as we walk through two sample problems.

Evaluating Data: Precision, Accuracy & Error

11. 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.

Significant Figures and Scientific Notation

12. Significant Figures and Scientific Notation

Are 7.5 grams and 7.50 grams the same? How do scientists represent very large and very small quantities? Find out the answers to these questions in this video.

What is Peer Review in Science? - Definition, Process & Examples

13. What is Peer Review in Science? - Definition, Process & Examples

Interested in learning how scientific literature is fact-checked and accepted? In this lesson, you'll learn about the peer review process that happens in science. Examples of the peer review process are included to further your understanding of the lesson.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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