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Reading a handbook for biological investigation

Reading “A Handbook for Biological Investigation.”

Yes….. I expect you to read it!

Maybe more than once!


Use this while you read

Use This While You Read

  • No tests

  • No quizzes

  • Performance only: You must know the information and use it – like a reference book!


Ch 1 read the chapter thinking about the following ideas

Ch 1 Read the chapter thinking about the following ideas.

  • What is Science?

  • What are the limitations of science?

  • What are the underlying assumptions of science?

  • Re-read it now and then continue.


What is science

What is science?

  • Science is a process by which observations lead to hypothesis. (inductive logic step)

  • Hypotheses are then tested through deductive logic (cause and effect)

  • Rejected hypotheses make way for more research.

  • Accepted hypotheses support, but DO NOT prove, ideas about how the world works.

  • Science always leads to new questions, which must be tested!


What are the limitations of science

What are the limitations of Science?

  • Science can only study natural phenomena.

  • Science cannot make moral judgments


What are the underlying assumptions of science

What are the underlying assumptions of science?

  • All phenomena are natural

  • The natural world works via cause and effect relationships

  • The study of small populations allows us to generalize about larger population behavior. (this is actually one of the most controversial or the ideas.)


Science checklist criteria for science

Science Checklist: Criteria for Science

  • Focuses on the natural world

  • Aims to explain the natural world

  • Uses testable ideas

  • Relies on evidence

  • Involves the scientific community

  • Leads to ongoing research

  • Benefits from scientific behavior


Ch 2 re read thinking about these main ideas

Ch 2 Re-read thinking about these main ideas!

  • Where are the things we can study?

  • Broad vs. Narrow questions

    • Do broad questions require simple or complex studies?

    • Should we study broad or narrow questions?


Ch 2 experiments are everywhere

Ch 2 Experiments are everywhere!

Anything you are interested in can be studied if you properly develop questions into hypothesis. PASSION ASSIGNMENT

  • We are encouraging you to focus on narrow questions because larger questions require more complex design and analysis.


Ch 3 re read thinking about the following

Ch 3 Re-read thinking about the following:

  • What are the types of measurement scales?

  • Distinguish between nominal and ordinal scales.

  • Distinguish between ratio and interval scales.

  • Distinguish discrete data from continuous data.

  • Why is it important to know what type of data you are collecting?


What are the types of measurement scales more about this later

What are the types of measurement scales? More about this later!

  • Discrete Data - count data, answers questions about how many and how frequent. i.e. distributions of colors in a population of cats.

    • Nominal – unranked categories.

    • Ordinal- ranked categories.

  • Continuous data – data measured on a scale. Answers questions about correlations, means, std. deviation, etc.

    • Interval – no true zero point (i.e. arbitrary zero point) I.e. Celsius.

    • Ratio – actual zero point ie: Kelvin scale


Information theory and types of data

Information theory and types of data

  • Most Information  Least Information

    • Ratio scale & Interval scale: Both of these can discuss correlations between the variables

    • Ordinal scale & discrete scale: These have less information & can only identify distributions within a population (how frequent or how many


Why is it important to know what type of data you are collecting

Why is it important to know what type of data you are collecting?

  • The type of data you are collecting effects what type of answers you can find.

  • Must collect data that is appropriate to answer the questions you ask.

  • Correlations can only be studied with measurement data

  • Differences can be studied with any of these data types.


Ch 4 re read it considering the following ideas

Ch 4. Re –read it considering the following ideas:

  • Frequency histograms

  • Mean, median and mode

  • Normal distributions

  • Most importantly, that distributions within populations tend to be centered around a central value.


Ch 5 re read considering the following

CH.5 Re-read considering the following:

  • Why is it important to understand the spread of the data and not just the central tendency?

  • How do we measure the spread and what does it tell us?

  • Define variance and standard deviation.


Ch 5 some thoughts

Ch 5. Some thoughts

  • Variance and standard deviation are very important because they quantify the spread of the data and allow us to compare two populations. You need to understand this more so check these links that might help.

  • http://www.mathsisfun.com/standard-deviation.html

  • http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/students/envs_5120/statistics_2_6.pdf


Ch 6 re read considering the following

CH 6: Re-read considering the following:

  • What is the null hypothesis?

    • hypothesis that states there is no difference/ correlation between the variables

  • What is the change hypothesis?

    • hypothesis that states there is a difference/ correlation between the variables


Ch 6 what is a proper order for designing experiments

CH 6. What is a proper order for designing experiments?

  • Determine your question

  • Consider what type of data the question needs

  • Define the variables you are studying

  • Write your hypothesis

  • Set up data tables

  • Align data collection with statistical test


Now you can determine your materials

Now You Can Determine Your Materials ……

  • Notice only after all of this pre-work can you even hope to write a procedure.

  • Remember the procedure has only one function; to collect good data!

  • You cannot write or execute a procedure without a strong understanding of what your data will look like.


Ch 7 re read this chapter focusing on the following

CH 7 Re-read this chapter focusing on the following:

  • What is the difference between correlation and difference testing?

  • How much difference is necessary to say two populations are different?

  • What is a confidence interval?

  • What is the difference between parametric and nonparametric tests?

  • When do you reject the change hypothesis?

  • When do you reject the null hypothesis?


Ch 7 the heart of data analysis

CH 7: the Heart of Data Analysis

  • This is one of our focus topics during the class. Do your best to understand it and the first several days will include lectures on this topic.

  • Cannot experiment without determining your method of data analysis

  • Red flag: Here is my data. What

    statistical test do I use? Then I

    know you did not do slide # 17!!


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