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BIOL 001 Notes - Midterm Curves A-84 AB-81 B-78 BC-74 C-70...

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Midterm Curves: A-84 AB-81 B-78 BC-74 C-70 Exam 3 Curves: A-82… B-72… Final Exam Curves (estimate): A-71…AB – 69…B -64…BC-62 27 August 2007 Active Learning As students, we must be engaged in our own learning as the magnitude and significance of each in (and out) of class activity in our mind correlates with how much we, as students, will remember about the topic. As a professor, Dr. Eddinger must provide interesting ways to teach us and not just lecture his class. By doing this, he is placing the responsibility of learning on his students. His methods will include involving student input and each opinion and input will be rigorously evaluated in order to fully enhance the questioning needed to better understand the true nature of science. There is obvious skepticism in the world of science, so we must question and present evidence in order to prove our belief. In order to stay on track in BIOL 001, there will be regular, ongoing assessment as it is the only way to really improve a students’ learning. Through metacognition (the ability to carry on internal dialogue about what is being learned), we can use active learning as the more time spent on the material, the better it will be remembered and understood. To do well in any class, you must understand the material, and to not just be informed . TO be informed is to just skim the material, to know the material is to have familiarity or awareness of it. And to understand the material means to comprehend or to perceive the comprehension of the material. Also, learning is to understand and remember the topic at hand. 29 August 2007 Problem Solving 1. Determine the question of problem 2. Identify what you already know. 3. Identify what you need to know. 4. If 2=3, then solve the problem. If 3>2, get the needed additional information and then solve the problem. Scientific Method Based on observation, a hypothesis is made. o A hypothesis must be a statement and is an assertion subject to verification. It also must be falsifiable. Experiments are performed to test each hypothesis. An experiment is a test to examine the validity of said hypothesis or to determine the efficacy of something previously untried. 1
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Data Analysis o To evaluate the results relative to the hypothesis Support for or against the hypothesis. If disproved, then a new hypothesis is proposed. Controls and Variables A “variable” is something that changes, and in an experiment, this is normally the thing that is being tested. A “control” is a basis experiment that does not change in order to compare the changing variables. Theory A theory is a systematically organized knowledgeable application in a relatively wide variety of circumstances. Especially a system of assumptions and accepted principles and rules of procedure derived to analyze, predict, or otherwise explain the nature of behavior of a specified set of phenomena.
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