Ch 22: Understanding the Nature of Science

About This Chapter

This chapter contains lessons you can view to help you understand the nature of science. They include the definition of scientific investigation, choice of suitable scientific models, and more. Quiz yourself on the concepts by taking multiple-choice self-assessments.

Understanding the Nature of Science - Chapter Summary

Let us make your reviews easy and fun with this chapter of text and video lessons to help you understand the nature of science. You can view lessons about the dynamic nature of science, choice of suitable scientific models, differences between experiments and observational studies, and more. Short self-assessments await you at the conclusion of the lessons to give you opportunities to test what you know. Other subjects that are included in this chapter are as follows:

  • Nature of science
  • Hypothesis and law in science
  • Definition of scientific investigation
  • Observance of natural changes in natural phenomena
  • Definition of classification in science
  • Organization of experimental results
  • Ways to think scientifically

The study resources in this chapter are mobile-friendly. The lessons and quizzes are short to help you review quickly. Print out the worksheets and their answers to study while you're away from digital devices.

10 Lessons in Chapter 22: Understanding the Nature of Science
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Hypothesis, Theory & Law in Science

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.

The Dynamic Nature of Science & Natural Phenomena

3. The Dynamic Nature of Science & Natural Phenomena

In this lesson we'll talk about how science is done and how science corrects errors. We'll also talk about the difference between a hypothesis and a theory.

What is Scientific Investigation? - Definition, Steps & Examples

4. 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.

Observing Changes in Natural Phenomena Over Time

5. Observing Changes in Natural Phenomena Over Time

Science is all about observing changes - even when they are difficult to observe. Learn about how scientists observe changes in natural phenomena over time. Test your knowledge after the lesson with a quiz.

What is Classification in Science? - Definition & System

6. What is Classification in Science? - Definition & System

In order to understand things in science, we need organization. Because science is such a large umbrella term, we have to organize it into different topics. Learn more about classification in science, and take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Selecting Appropriate Models in Science

7. Selecting Appropriate Models in Science

Scientific models are used to describe physical phenomenon and are tested against real world data. In this lesson, you will become familiar with a real example of how scientists select appropriate models for their work including knowledge of their limitations.

Organizing & Reporting Experimental Results

8. 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.

Experiments vs Observational Studies: Definition, Differences & Examples

9. Experiments vs Observational Studies: Definition, Differences & Examples

There are different ways to collect data for research. In this lesson, you will learn about collecting data through observational studies and experiments and the differences between each.

Scientific Ways of Thinking

10. Scientific Ways of Thinking

Are you interested in becoming a scientist? Science is all about gaining knowledge by asking good questions, making observations, testing your ideas and drawing conclusions. With a little practice, you can learn to think like a scientist.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Other Chapters

Other chapters within the FTCE Elementary Education K-6 (060): Practice & Study Guide course

Support