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  • 1. Chapter: The Nature of Science and Technology Table of Contents Section 3: Science and Technology Section 1: What is science? Section 2: Doing Science
  • 2.
    • Science is a way or a process used to investigate what is happening around you.
    • It can provide answers to many questions.
    • Tools, such as thermometers and metersticks, are used to give numbers to descriptions.
    Science in Society What is science? 1
    • Scientists observe, investigate, and experiment to find answers.
  • 3.
    • Throughout history, people have tried to find answers to questions about what was happening around them.
    • Early scientists tried to explain things based on their observations.
    Science Is Not New What is science? 1
    • They used their senses of sight, touch, smell, taste, and hearing to make these observations.
  • 4.
    • Cholera is a disease caused by a bacterium that is found in contaminated water.
    • People who eat food from this water or drink this water have bad cases of diarrhea and can become dehydrated quickly.
    Science as a Tool What is science? 1
    • They might even die.
  • 5.
    • E. Coli is another type of bacterium that can contaminate modern food and water supplies.
    • Some types of E. Coli are harmless, but others cause intestinal problems when contaminated food and water are consumed.
    Science as a Tool What is science? 1
    • Science can be used to compare how people tracked down the source of the cholera in 1871 with how they track down the source of the E. Coli now.
  • 6.
    • People in the past followed clues to track the source of cholera epidemics and solve their problem.
    Using Science Every Day—Scientists Use Clues What is science? 1
    • Today, scientists do the same thing by finding and following clues to track the source of E. Coli in food and water supplies.
  • 7.
    • Scientists use prior experience to predict what will occur in investigations.
    Using Prior Knowledge What is science? 1
    • Scientists form theories when their predictions have been well tested.
    • A theory is an explanation that is supported by facts.
    • Scientists also form laws, which are rules that describe a pattern in nature, like gravity.
  • 8.
    • Scientists use skills and tools to find the similarities and differences.
    Using Science and Technology What is science? 1
    • They use a variety of resource materials to find information.
  • 9. Using Science and Technology What is science? 1
    • The computer is one tool that modern scientists use to find and analyze data.
    • The computer is an example of technology.
    • Technology is the application of science to make products or tools that people can use.
  • 10.
    • Doctors and scientists use skills such as observing, classifying, and interpreting data.
    Science Skills What is science? 1
  • 11.
    • Sometimes observation alone does not provide a complete picture of what is happening.
    Observation and Measurement What is science? 1
    • To ensure that your data are useful, accurate measurements must be taken, in addition to making careful observations.
  • 12. Observation and Measurement What is science? 1
    • Comparing and contrasting are other important skills.
    • When scientists look for similarities among data, they compare them.
    • Contrasting the data is looking for differences.
  • 13.
    • The results of observations, experiments, and investigations are not of use to the rest of the world unless they are shared.
    Communication in Science What is science? 1
    • Scientists use several methods to communicate their observations.
  • 14. Communication in Science What is science? 1
    • Results and conclusions of experiments often are reported in one of the thousands of
    scientific journals or magazines that are published each year.
  • 15.
    • Another method to communicate scientific data and results is to keep a Science Journal.
    Science Journal What is science? 1
    • Observations and plans for investigations can be recorded, along with the step-by-step procedures that were followed.
    • Listings of materials and drawings of how equipment was set up should be in a journal, along with the specific results of an investigation.
  • 16.
    • You should record mathematical measurements or formulas that were used to analyze the data.
    Science Journal What is science? 1
    • Problems that occurred and questions that came up during the investigation should be noted, as well as any possible solutions.
    • Your data might be summarized in the form of tables, charts, or graphs, or they might be recorded in a paragraph.
  • 17. Solving Problems—Identify the Problem
    • Although the investigation of each problem is different, scientists use some steps in all investigations.
    • Scientists first make sure that everyone working to solve the problem has a clear understanding of the problem.
    • Sometimes, scientists find that the problem is easy to identify or that several problems need to be solved.
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  • 18. How can the problem be solved?
    • Two of the methods used to answer questions are descriptive research and experimental research design.
    • Descriptive research answers scientific questions through observation.
    • Experimental research design is used to answer scientific questions by testing a hypothesis through the use of a series of carefully controlled steps.
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  • 19. How can the problem be solved?
    • Scientific methods are ways, or steps to follow, to try to solve problems.
    Doing Science 2
  • 20. Descriptive Research
    • Some scientific problems can be solved, or questions answered, by using descriptive research.
    Doing Science 2
    • Descriptive research is based mostly on observations.
    • Descriptive research can be used in investigations when experiments would be impossible to perform.
    • Descriptive research usually involves the following steps.
  • 21. State the Research Objective
    • This is the first step in solving a problem using descriptive research.
    Doing Science 2
    • A research objective is what you want to find out, or what question you would like to answer.
  • 22. Describe the Research Design
    • How will you carry out your investigation? How will the data be recorded and analyzed?
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    • An important part of any research design is safety.
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    • These are a few of the things scientists think about when they
    design an investigation using descriptive research.
  • 23. Describe the Research Design
    • While investigating a cholera outbreak in the 1800s, Dr. John Snow, included the map in his research design.
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  • 24. Describe the Research Design Doing Science 2
    • He used these data to predict that the water from the Broad Street pump was the source of the contamination.
    • The map showed where people with cholera had lived, and where they obtained their water.
  • 25. Eliminate Bias
    • Sometimes, scientists might expect certain results. This is known as bias.
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    • Good investigations avoid bias.
    • One way to avoid bias is to use careful numerical measurements for all data.
    • Another type of bias can occur in surveys or groups that are chosen for investigations.
    • To get an accurate result, you need to use a random sample.
  • 26. Equipment, Materials, and Models
    • When a scientific problem is solved by descriptive research, the equipment and materials used to carry out the investigation and analyze the data are important.
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  • 27. Selecting Your Materials
    • Scientists try to use the most up-to-date materials available to them.
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    • If possible, you should use scientific equipment such as balances, spring sales, microscopes, and metric measurements when performing investigations and gathering data.
  • 28. Selecting Your Materials Doing Science 2
    • Calculators and computers can be helpful in
    evaluating or displaying data.
  • 29. Selecting Your Materials
    • However, you don’t have to have the latest or most expensive materials and tools to conduct good scientific investigations.
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    • Your investigations can be completed successfully and the data displayed with materials found in your home or classroom.
    • An organized presentation of data is as effective as a computer graphic or an extravagant display.
  • 30. Using Models
    • One part of carrying out the investigation plan might include making or using scientific models.
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    • In science, a model represents things that happen too slowly, too quickly, or are too big or too small to observe directly.
    • Models also are useful in situations in which direct observation would be too dangerous or expensive.
  • 31. Using Models
    • Dr. John Snow’s map of the cholera epidemic was a model that allowed him to predict possible sources of the epidemic.
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    • Many kinds of models are made on computers.
    • Graphs, tables, and spreadsheets are models that display information.
  • 32. Scientific Methods Doing Science 2
    • This allows them to understand each other’s research and compare results.
    • Scientists around the world use a system of measurements called the International
    System of Units, or SI, to make observations.
  • 33. Scientific Methods
    • Because SI uses certain metric units that are based on units of ten, multiplication and division are easy to do.
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    • Prefixes are used with units to change their names to larger or smaller units.
  • 34. Data—Designing Your Data Tables
    • A well-planned investigation includes ways to record results and observations accurately.
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    • Data tables are one way to do this.
  • 35. Data—Designing Your Data Tables Doing Science 2
    • Most tables have a title that tells you at a glance what the table is about.
    • The table is divided into columns and rows. These are usually trials or characteristics to be compared.
  • 36. Data—Designing Your Data Tables Doing Science 2
    • The first row contains the titles of the columns.
    • The first column identifies what each row represents.
  • 37. Analyze Your Data
    • Your data must be organized to analyze them.
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    • Charts and graphs are excellent ways to organize data.
    • You can draw the charts and graphs or use a computer to make them.
  • 38. Draw Conclusions
    • After you have organized your data, you are ready to draw a conclusion.
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    • Sometimes, your data are not what you expected, but remember, scientists understand that it is important to know when something doesn’t work.
    • A successful investigation is not always the one that comes out the way you originally predicted.
  • 39. Communicating Your Results
    • Every investigation begins because a problem needs to be solved.
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    • Analyzing data and drawing conclusions are the end of the investigation.
    • Usually, scientists communicate their results to other scientists, government agencies, private industries, or the public.
    • Scientists usually publish their most important findings.
  • 40. Communicating Your Results
    • You can communicate your data and conclusions to other members of your science class.
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    • Organized data and careful analysis will enable you to answer most questions and to discuss your work confidently.
    • Analyzing and sharing data are important parts of descriptive and experimental research.
  • 41. Experimental Research Design
    • Another way to solve scientific problems is through experimentation.
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    • Experimental research design answers scientific questions by observation of a controlled situation.
    • Experimental research design includes several steps.
  • 42. Form a Hypothesis
    • A hypothesis (hi PAH thuh sus) is a prediction, or statement, that can be tested.
    Doing Science 2
    • You use your prior knowledge, new
    information, and any previous observations to form a hypothesis.
  • 43. Variables
    • In well-planned experiments, one factor, or variable, is changed at a time.
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    • This means that the variable is controlled.
    • The variable that is changed is called the independent variable .
    • A dependant variable is the factor being measured.
  • 44. Variables
    • To test which of two antibiotics will kill a type of bacterium, you must make sure that every variable remains the same but the type of antibiotic.
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    • The dependant variable is the growth of the bacteria.
    • In this experiment, the independent variable is
    the amount or type of antibiotic applied to the bacteria.
  • 45. Variables
    • The variables that stay the same are called constants .
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    • You cannot run the experiments at two different room temperatures, for different lengths of time, or with different amounts of antibiotics.
  • 46. Identify Controls
    • Your experiment will not be valid unless a control is used.
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    • A control is a sample that is treated like the other experimental groups except that the independent variable is not applied to it.
  • 47. Identify Controls Doing Science 2
    • In the experiment with antibiotics, your control is a sample of bacteria that is not treated with either antibiotic.
    • The control shows how the bacteria grow when left untreated by either antibiotic.
  • 48. Identify Controls
    • Once you begin an experiment, make sure to carry it out as planned.
    Doing Science 2
    • Don’t skip or change steps in the middle.
    • Also, you should record your observations and complete your data tables in a timely manner.
    • Incomplete observations and reports result in data that are difficult to analyze and threaten the accuracy of your conclusions.
  • 49. Number of Trials
    • Experiments done the same way do not always have the same results.
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    • To make sure that your results are valid, you need to conduct several trials of your experiment.
    • Multiple trials mean that an unusual outcome of the experiment won’t be considered the true result.
    • The more trials you do using the same methods, the more likely it is that your results will be reliable and repeatable.
  • 50. Analyze Your Results
    • When you analyze your results, you can see if your data support your hypothesis.
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    • If the data do not support your original hypothesis, you can still learn from the experiment.
    • Experiments that don’t work out as you had planned can still provide valuable information.
    • Professional scientists rarely have results that support their hypothesis without completing numerous trials first.
  • 51. Analyze Your Results
    • After your results are analyzed, you can communicate them to your teacher and your class.
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    • Sharing the results of experiments allows you to hear new ideas from other students that might improve your research.
    • Your results might contain information that will be helpful to other students.
  • 52. Scientific Discoveries
    • New discoveries constantly lead to new products that influence your lifestyle or standard of living.
    • In the last 100 years, technological advances have enabled environments to move from live stage shows to large movie screens.
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  • 53. Scientific Discoveries Science and Technology 3
    • Now, DVDs enable users to choose a variety of options while viewing a movie.
  • 54. Technological Advances
    • Technology also makes your life more convenient.
    • Foods can be prepared quickly in microwave ovens, and hydraulic tools make construction work easier and faster.
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    • New discoveries influence other areas of your life as well, including your health.
    • A disease might be controlled by a skin patch that releases a constant dose of medicine into your body.
  • 55. Science—The Product of Many
    • New scientific knowledge can mean that old ways of thinking or doing things are challenged.
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    • Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher, classified living organisms into plants and animals.
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  • 56. Science—The Product of Many
    • This system worked until new tools, such as the microscope, enabled scientists to study organisms in greater detail.
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    • The new information changed how scientists viewed the living world.
    • The current classification system will be used only as long as it continues to answer questions scientists have or until a new discovery enables them to look at information in a different way.
  • 57. Who practices science?
    • Scientific discoveries have never been limited to people of one race, sex, culture, or time period, or to professional scientists.
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    • In fact, students your age have made some important discoveries.
  • 58. Use of Scientific Information
    • Science provides new information every day that people use to make decisions.
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    • However, science cannot decide whether the new information is good or bad, moral or immoral.
    • People decide whether the new information is used to help or harm the world and its inhabitants.
  • 59. Looking to the Future
    • Today’s scientists use cellular phones and computers to communicate with each other.
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    • This information technology has led to the globalization, or worldwide distribution, of information.