Ch01_ Lecture - Epitome Roll Syllabus online Attendance and...

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05/13/09 GEOL 1401/tob 1 Epitome Roll Syllabus – online Attendance and preparation Objectives Texts Measurement of your comprehension Blackboard Power points Labs Quizzes – before the class material Exams Introduction in the syllabus Term paper background Lecture on Ch 1
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05/13/09 GEOL 1401/tob 2 For Pete’s sake!  Ask Questions
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05/13/09 GEOL 1401/tob 3 Meteorology and Astronomy – GEOL 1401.Hybrid A study of the Earth’s atmosphere and a study of the universe (for non-science majors) Dr. Thomas O. Bush Roberts 116 thomasobush@comcast.net 214-333 -5318
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05/13/09 GEOL 1401/tob 4 Humankind’s attempt to understand the   order in the natural world and make it  fun Search for patterns and rules How things behave From the very smallest to the very largest Throughout all time and space As challenging as anything since you first tried to read A dynamic field with new and fascinating stuff all the time Take a scientific idea and develop consequences based on it Test the consequences against the material world No match – worthless A match – perhaps the idea has merit Publish and see what other people find
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05/13/09 GEOL 1401/tob 5 What is Science? The search for order and regularity in natural phenomena and the causes of that order Imagination tested through measurement The acceptance of what works and the rejection of what does not Now you write down your definition
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05/13/09 GEOL 1401/tob 6 The test of all scientific knowledge is  experiment/measurement Good experiment is good measurement Good measurement is good science How well you know something A number and a unit of measurement 10.468231 grams 23.2309 meters 33.4567 seconds 3.25 liters If you can express the measurement with a number and a unit of measurement then you know something about it Laboratory and exercises require both number and unit
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05/13/09 GEOL 1401/tob 7 Often the easiest way is the best  way Distance to the Sun – an example Ockhams’ razor A rule in science and philosophy stating that entities should not be multiplied needlessly I.e. . The simplest of two or more competing explanations is preferable An explanation for unknown phenomena should first be attempted in terms of what is already known Keep it simple stupid!
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05/13/09 GEOL 1401/tob 8 Measurement is where it ends
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05/13/09 GEOL 1401/tob 9 Some quotations about science Galileo Galilei: I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use P.D. Ouspenski: A religion contradicting science and a science contradicting religion are equally false. Jacob Bronowski:
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