You’ve been doing a great job applying the concepts we’ve been covering to the examples we discuss during class. Time to take it to the next level by applying concepts we’ve covered to the world around you. Please follow the directions below to work on this assignment. Continue reading
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?
Let’s consider a couple experimental studies to discuss concepts related to scientific inquiry.
- The All Things Considered story “Eating Cheese Can Alter Your Dreams“
- The Nature news story “Acupuncture in cancer study reignites debate about controversial technique” (we’ll listen to the podcast reporting on this)
Time to use and analyze our reasoning abilities with a couple examples…
As you watch this scene from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, what kind of reasoning do you think the characters are using as they’re getting acquainted with Willy Wonka and his world? Continue reading
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.
Hypothesis Continue reading