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Physical Science. Unit 1: Introduction Chapter 1. What is Science. Science is a system of knowledge and the methods you use to find that knowledge . Science begins with curiosity and often ends with discovery. What is Science?.

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Physical science

Physical Science

Unit 1:

Introduction

Chapter 1


What is science

What is Science

  • Science is a system of knowledge and the methods you use to find that knowledge.

  • Science begins with curiosityand often ends with discovery.


What is science1

What is Science?

  • Generally scientists believe that the universe can be described by basic rules and these rules can be discovered by careful, methodical study.


Science vs technology

Science vs. Technology

Technology – the application of

science

Science and technology are interdependent. Advances in one lead to advances in the other


Branches of science

Branches of Science

Chemistry: The study of Matter and its changes

Physics: The study of Forces and Energy


What is the scientific method

What is the Scientific Method?

  • Scientific method refers to the techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge

  • It’s an organized plan for gathering, organizing, and communicating information.

  • Everyone can use the scientific method

  • The goal of any scientific method is to solve a problem or to better understand an observed event


How science is conducted

How Science is conducted

  • Science is an investigation, which starts with observations leading to inferences.

    • An observation is any information collected with the senses.

    • An inference is conclusions or deductions based on observations.


Practice

Practice

  • Observations:

    • I hear people screaming

    • I smell cotton candy, popcorn, and hamburgers

    • I see a lot of people

  • Inference = ?


Basic steps of scientific method

Basic steps of scientific method

  • Make an observation

  • Ask a question

  • Form a hypothesis

  • Test hypothesis

  • Analyze data/draw conclusion

  • Develop theory


Scientific method steps 1 3

Scientific Method Steps 1-3

  • Begins with an observation

    (ex. I see smoke in the distance)

    2. that leads to a question.

    (ex. what’s causing the smoke)

    3. Form a hypothesis – a possible answer that you can test.

    (ex. Some one is burning leaves.)


Scientific method step 4

Scientific Method Step 4

  • A good experiment tests only one variable at a time.

  • No experiment is a failure.

Conduct an

Experiment


Variables

Variables

Variable – anything that can change in an experiment

  • Independent variable – what you change. (manipulated)

  • Dependent variable – what changes because of the independent variable. (responding)

  • Control-what you keep the same


Qualitative vs quantitative

Qualitative vs Quantitative

  • Qualitative – describes with words.

  • Quantitative – describe with measurements


Scientific method step 5

Scientific Method Step 5

  • Data DOES NOT support hypothesis then you need to revise the hypothesis and retest

  • Data supports hypothesis than additional testing is needed before developing a theory

Analyze data


Scientific method step 6

Scientific Method Step 6

  • Is an explanation that has been tested by repeated observations.

  • Are always being

    questioned and examined.

  • To be valid, a theory must continue to pass each test.

Scientific Theory


Scientific theory cont

Scientific Theory (cont.)

  • A theory must explain observations simply and clearly.

  • Experiments that illustrate the theory must be repeatable.

  • You must be able to predict from the theory


Scientific method step 6 cont

Scientific Method Step 6 cont

  • States a repeated observation about nature.

  • Does not explain why an event happens.

Scientific Law


Theories and laws are not absolute

Theories and Laws are not absolute

  • Sometimes theories or Laws have to be changed or replaced completely when new discoveries are made.


Scientific model

Scientific Model

  • Model is an representation of an object or event.

  • Scientific models make it easier to understand things that might be too difficult to observe directly


Graphs

Graphs

  • A way of organizing and presenting data.

  • Makes relationships more evident.


Line graphs

Line graphs

  • Best for displaying data that change. (anything over time)

  • Numerical vs.

    Numerical.


Multiple line graphs

Multiple Line Graphs

  • Best for comparing multiple values and distributions


Bar graphs

Bar Graphs

  • Best when comparing data for several individual items or events.

  • Numerical vs. non-numerical


Circle graphs pie charts

Circle Graphs (pie charts)

  • Best for displaying data that are parts of a whole.


Scientific notation

Scientific Notation

  • When writing very large or very small numbers, scientists use a kind of shorthand called scientific notation.

  • This is a way of writing a number without so many zeros.


Examples

Examples:

  • The speed of light is about

    300,000,000 m/s

    • Or 3.0 x 108

  • The mass of a proton is

    0.000000000000000000000001673

    • Or 1.673 X 10-24


All you do is move the decimal

All you do is move the decimal

  • 850,000,000.0

    8 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 . 0

    = 8.5 x 108

  • 0.000,000,025

    0 . 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5

    = 2.5 x 10-8

+

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Scientific notation examples

Scientific Notation Examples

  • 3.256 x 104

  • 9.78 x 109

  • 5.24 x 10-3

  • 2.41 x 10-7


Scientific notation examples1

Scientific Notation Examples

  • 0.007899 = ?

  • 898745.30 = ?

  • 0.00003657= ?

  • 531120 = ?


Units of measurement

Units of Measurement

  • Scientists use the International System of Units (SI units) for measurements.

  • When everyone uses the same units, sharing data and results is easier – less mistakes.


Base units

Base Units

  • The official SI units to measure:

    • Length = meter (m)

    • Volume = liter (L)

    • Mass = gram (g)

    • Time = seconds (s)

    • Temperature = Kelvin (K)


Derived unit

Derived Unit

  • derived units, are made from combinations of base units.

    • Area: square meter (m2)

    • Volume: cubic meter (m3)

    • Density: kilograms per cubic meter (kg/m3) [a measurement of mass/area]

    • Pressure: pascal (Pa) [a measurement of force/area]

    • Energy: Hertz (Hz) [a measurement of force/distance]

    • Electric charge: coulomb (C) [is a measurement of current /time]


Metric prefixes allow for more convenient ways to express si base and derived units

Metric Prefixes

Metric prefixes allow for more convenient ways to express SI base and derived units.


King henry conversions

King Henry - Conversions

  • Use the sentence “King Henry Died by Drinking Chocolate Milk.” to remember the order of prefixes.

Kilo HectoDekabaseDeciCentiMilli

meter

liter

gram


Limits of measurement

Limits of Measurement

  • Precision is a gauge of how exact a measurement is.

  • Precise measurements are close to each other

  • Accuracy is the closeness of a measurement to the actual value of what is being measured

  • An accurate measure is close to the true or expected value


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