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The scientific process Chemistry 102 Fall 2009
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Associated Readings – t The Five Biggest Ideas in Science t Chapter 1; pp 1-9 t Posted on D2L, See link in Unit Details t General Chemistry – Chang t Chapter 1, sections 1&2; 2 Chemistry 102 - Fall 2009
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What is “science”? t It is… t something that attempts to understand how or why things happen as they do. t Something that investigates natural (physical, biological, social, etc.) phenomena t The (systematic) study of very nearly everything! Science is what scientists do! 3 Chemistry 102 - Fall 2009
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The scientific process – an overview Wynn, C.M., and Wiggins, A.W. Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction . Washington, DC: Joseph Henry Press, 2001. pp 118 4 Chemistry 102 - Fall 2009
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What, if anything, really happened? t The heart of the scientific process is observation! t Objective sensing (seeing, hearing, etc.) of specific events or entities. t Observations are the facts upon which hypotheses are based. t Depend on what is there and what the viewer has seen before t Issue: Events or phenomena may seem real but may not be necessarily real. t Objective vs. Subjective measures t Objective measures must be reproducible by any suitably trained experimenter. 5
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