• Nature of Science and Graphing

    Learning Targets:

    1. Describe and explain what characterizes science and its methods
    2. Identify what is science, what clearly is not science, and what superficially resembles science (but fails to meet the criteria for science)
    3. Identify which questions can be answered through science and which questions are outside the boundaries of scientific investigation
    4. Identify examples of pseudoscience (such as astrology, phrenology) in society
    5. Pose questions about the natural world
    6. Write procedures that are clear and replicable
    7. Identify independent variable, dependent variable, and controls
    8. Collect and record observations using consistent methods
    9. Design and evaluate a scientific investigation
    10. Measure length, mass, volume, temperature, and time using appropriate instruments.
    11. Convert between different metric prefixes using step method.
    12. Use graphs and tables to gather, analyze, and interpret data
    13. Pose answers, explanations, and descriptions of events
    14. Use appropriate evidence and reasoning to justify these explanations to others
    15. Communicate results of scientific investigations
    16. Evaluate the merits of the explanations produced by others
    17. Describe how scientific inferences are drawn from scientific observations
    18. Explain that a scientific theory is the culmination of many scientific investigations drawing together all the current evidence concerning a substantial range of phenomena
    19. Describe the role consensus plays in the historical development of a theory
    20. Differentiate between scientific theories and laws
    21. Demonstrate how to work safely in a lab setting.

    Powerpoints:

    1. Physics and Measurement - Guided Notes
    2. Graphing - Guided Notes
    3. Scientific Method - Guided Notes

    Assignments:

    1. Metric Conversion Worksheet
    2. Graphing Worksheet
    3. Scientific Method Worksheet
    4. Cell Phone Cancer Case Study - Articles

    Labs:

    1. Measurement Lab
    2. Pendulum Lab

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