Due Feb 10th: Scientific Inquiry Assignment

Please put your responses to this assignment in the body of an email and send that email to LesleyBioHomework@gmail.com with the subject line Scientific Inquiry Assignment by 5pm on Feb. 10th.

1. Listen to the TED Radio Hour segment with Margaret Heffernan.
a. What is or should be the control group in the chicken flock experiment? Explain.
b. Host Guy Raz and TED speaker Margaret Heffernan say that social scientists and business people use this experiment as a way to think about human behavior. Are they using inductive or deductive reasoning to do this? How?

2. Listen to or read the news story “Invasive Pythons Put Squeeze On Everglades’ Animals”.
a. What is the hypothesis is Michael Dorcas examining?
b. What evidence would support this hypothesis?
c. What evidence could falsify it?

3. Listen to or read the news story “Monsanto Accused in Suit Tied to Agent Orange”.
a. What hypothesis about the herbicide in question might be crucial in determining the outcome of this court case? Why?
b. What evidence would support this hypothesis?
c. What evidence could falsify it?

4. Consider this statement in the news story “Mother’s Pesticide Exposure Linked to Kids’ IQ”: “Children exposed to common pesticides before birth can have lower IQ levels when they reach school age…”
a. Is this a hypothesis or theory or neither? Why?
b What are the dependent and independent variables involved?

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