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    SCIENCE AND CHEMISTRY Glenn V. Lo Department of Physical Sciences Nicholls State University
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    CHEMISTRY science  that deals with the study of  matter   and its  properties Matter: the stuff the universe is made of Properties: things we use to describe matter  Examples: mass, volume, temperature, color Science: a systematic study of how  things   work. Natural Science: “ thing ” = “nature” Natural Sciences: Physics, Chemistry, Biology
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    THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD Observations  – “fact” or “data” Qualitative: see, hear, smell, touch, taste Quantitative: measurements (assign a value to a  property) Law  (of nature) summarizes a pattern or trend in observations “general” observation “descriptive” not “prescriptive”
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    THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD Hypothesis  – educated guess a tentative explanation for one or several  observations
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This note was uploaded on 06/11/2009 for the course CHEM 105 taught by Professor Wessel during the Spring '08 term at Nicholls State.

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