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10F_a_Introduction - patternsinnature Science Complete...

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Science A branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts  systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws Search for the best way to explain a set of observations Attempt to discover the processes responsible for the underlying  patterns in nature
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Complete understanding of natural world Time
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Scientific Method (1) Start with facts, data, observations (2) Formulate hypothesis to explain observations        (hypothesis is untested explanation) (3) Create a test of hypothesis  - new set of observations or experiments - should be predictive if it can’t be tested - NOT a scientific hypothesis
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Scientific Method (4) After test results - discard, alter, or retain for more tests (5) Withstands numerous tests - becomes a  theory Scientific theory  - Well-tested and is widely accepted as the best way to explain a  set of observations  different than hypothesis!
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scientific method   example    Observation    Hypothesis    Test?
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Mesosaurus
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Advancement in science may be very slow!
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- Never prove anything correct - Science is not truly objective   - biased by our own experiences
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What is Geology?
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