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FYS Aug23 #4

FYS Aug23 #4 - to extrapolate movement shape and other...

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Carolyn Johnson FYS Nanoworld 4. Is this exercise a good analogy for scientific work? Discuss ways in which you think it is and ways in which it is not. The “Objects in a Bag” exercise is an appropriate analogy for actual scientific work by comparing the limited means in which we are forced to view items of a scale barely comprehensible to us. Whether it is large scale or small scale, we spend an enormous amount of time groping in the dark and sometimes inadvertently stumbling upon items that we did not intend to find. Some tiny bits of matter can not be viewed directly, forcing scientists to extrapolate what the molecule really looks like, which is essentially what we were working on today. Unfortunately for the scientists, they don’t have the luxury of handling the tiniest bits of matter as directly as we did. They must uses light and imaging
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Unformatted text preview: to extrapolate movement , shape and other characteristics of the matter. Early scientists had a harder time figuring out what cells were made of and what created each atom, electron, neutron, etc., given that they didn’t have as accessible of an idea to base these models off of. We had the basic building blocks of what was in the bag in front of us. Even though that makes identifying things more difficult for the scientists, they do have the option of (in some cases) seeing the unidentifiable object in action. Our objects were completely inert, giving us no way of identifying the functionality of all the pieces we were dealing with. Overall, it makes for a good fundamental comparison to scientific work – the closest we could begin with to understand the basics....
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