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What property (or properties) of water or other concepts from chapter 2 can you spot in this video? What property (or properties) of life do they relate to?
This classic science film Powers of Ten offers a sense of the various scales of physical phenomena in our world and where biological phenomena resides among those scales. As we watch this, be on the look out for examples of hierarchical organization. What powers of ten do they span?
To familiarize yourself with elements of scientific inquiry, finish reading (or review) chapter 1 of Biology and listen to (or read) the 2 news stories below and answer the following questions in your notebook:
- What’s the hypothesis? Is it falsifiable?
- What are or should be the controls?
- What are the independent and dependent variables?
- What, if any, properties of life involved?
In our next class meeting there will be a brief quiz on chapter 1 and these questions, followed by a discussion of them.
What property of life was the Viking Lander experiment described in this episode of PBS Space Time testing for?
As you read chapter 1 in Biology, pay close attention to these terms. If some of these terms don’t show up in your textbook, consult other sources like the slides from previous semesters or Wikipedia, or suggest we talk about them during class discussion.
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