Tutorial 1 - LS2A03 Tutorial 1 BLACK BOX EXPERIMENT. Sept...

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Unformatted text preview: LS2A03 Tutorial 1 BLACK BOX EXPERIMENT. Sept 2010 PART 1. Students will form groups of 4 or 5 (max 6 groups). Each group will be given a box. The question is what is inside this box (curiosity driven. To that end, you will apply the Scientific Method to address the problem. Within a group, one person might take on the role of leader, recorder, and two presenters, but all participate in the process (in reality, groups may divide themselves up in different ways, which is fine). In lecture we reviewed the components of the Scientific Method: Scientific Method (from class): What students will do in the tutorial: 1. Define/Identify the Problem What is inside the box – this is addressed by asking questions about the properties of the objects in the box. Begin with some general observations. Form several hypotheses about the characteristics of the objects. What are the predictions of these hypotheses Design experiments that test each hypothesis. Analyze the data. Are the observations consistent with the hypothesis? 2. Form a Hypothesis 3. Test Hypothesis: make observations or perform experiments 4. Organize and analyze Data 5. Do experiments and observations support hypothesis?* If No, perform new experiments and analysis 6. Draw conclusions 7. Communicate results State the conclusions of each experiment. A presenter from each group will summarize the characteristics of the contents of their box and formally state the hypotheses that they tested. They will then step through their specific experiment, results and conclusion for one of these hypotheses. Evaluation 1 (worth 1%). A group mark will come from the TA based on: The number of hypotheses that were considered The originality of the hypotheses. The level of detail of data collection. PART 2. PROPOSAL. Students will now go back to their groups and propose two hypotheses and experiments to test these hypotheses. These are experiments that cannot be performed with the tools/techniques in the room. Once again, each group will present their proposal to the class. Evaluation 2 (worth 1%). A group mark will come from the TA based on: The originality of the hypotheses. Originality of experiments PART 3. CHARACTERISTICS OF SCIENCE: This is a short quiz to be completed individually (value 1%). 1 ...
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This note was uploaded on 10/05/2010 for the course BIOLOGY 2a03 taught by Professor Nurse during the Spring '10 term at McMaster University.

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