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01b_Science - Science What does science mean to you ??? To...

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Unformatted text preview: Science What does science mean to you ??? To scientists It is a way of learning about the natural world using a process designed to reduce the chance of being misled. What Science Is Not Science is not just the accumulation of facts. Science does not prove something to be true. Science is not intended to answer right or wrong questionsthat is for philosophy, ethics & religion. Science does not deal with supernatural or magical. Some Definitions Hypothesis = a possible explanation for an observed phenomenon or a possible answer to a question Must be able to generate testable deductions Theory = conceptual framework that explains a variety of observations, is supported by experimental evidence and is capable of predicting new phenomena Not just a guess, as used in everyday language The Scientific Method 1. Observation 6. Tests 5. Deductions 4. Multiple Hypotheses 3. Literature Review 2. Question 7. Tentative Conclusions 8. Peer Review Next is an example of using the process of science to answer a question youve probably had to answer many times when you flick on a light switch and the light doesnt turn on. Why didnt the light turn on? Everyone uses science. Scientists just use it consciously and follow some basic rules. 1. OBSERVATION The light doesnt turn on 2. QUESTION Why didnt the light turn on? 3. LITERATURE REVIEW Find out what lights require to function and what can cause them not to function. 4. MULTIPLE HYPOTHESES What are all the possible answers (hypotheses) to the question?...
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2008 for the course BIO 109 taught by Professor Fiero during the Spring '08 term at Pima CC.

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01b_Science - Science What does science mean to you ??? To...

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