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The Scientific Model - Chapter Summary
This series of science lessons examines topics related to scientific models, including scientific method and experimental design. Follow along with our expert science instructors who define and illustrate relevant vocabulary and help you evaluate data from scientific experiments. The chapter includes self-assessment quizzes and a comprehensive chapter exam to help you evaluate your comprehension of these scientific model concepts. For your convenience, you can access the chapter material at any time using a desktop, laptop, mobile device or tablet. After reviewing this chapter's lessons, you should be able to:
- Understand the uses of scientific models
- Define the terms hypothesis, theory and law in relation to science
- List the steps of the scientific method
- Know how scientific experiments are designed
- Use experimental data to draw conclusions
1. 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.
2. Hypothesis, Theory & Law in Science
In this lesson, learn how to define hypothesis, theory, and law in science. Then, discover the ways that these ideas are related to each other and how they help us to explain the universe around us.
3. Formulating a Viable Scientific Hypothesis
Constructing a viable scientific hypothesis involves several different factors. In this lesson, you'll explore what separates a good hypothesis from a bad one and how to identify if your hypothesis has been formulated properly.
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.
5. 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.
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