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2 Science is built up of facts, as a house is built of stones; but an accumulation of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house. Henri Poincare

3 Chapter 2 Science, Matter, Energy, and Systems

4 Key Concepts Scientists collect data, develop theories, models and laws Matter is made up of atoms, elements and molecules Law of conservation of matter First law of thermodynamics Second law of thermodynamics Systems have inputs, outputs and feedback

5 Science: A Search for Order
Effort to discover how nature works Uses observations, measurements, experiments Assumes that natural events follow cause-and -effect

6 The Scientific Method Identify problem Literature search
Ask question to be investigated Perform experiment Analyze data (check for patterns) Formulate hypothesis to explain data Perform experiment to test hypothesis Accept hypothesis/ Reject hypothesis Scientific Theory Revise hypothesis

7 Elements of the Experiment
Variables: factors that affect processes in the experiment *independent variable- tested variable ** dependent variable- measured variable Only I variable is tested at a time Experimental group has independent variable Control group lacks tested variable (provides basis for comparison)

8 Features of Scientific Processes
Curiosity Creativity Critical thinking Skepticism Reproducibility Peer review

9 Goals of Science Scientific theories: well-tested, widely accepted related hypotheses *may be revised with new info Scientific laws/law of nature: well-tested, widely accepted descriptions of what is found repeatedly in nature *cannot be broken Models: simulation of a natural system

10 Results of Science Tentative/frontier science: results that are not yet reliable (new findings) Reliable science: accepted by scientific consensus Unreliable science: rejected by scientific consensus (usually because results were not reproducible)

11 Limits of Science Scientists cannot prove or disprove anything absolutely Scientists are not totally free of bias Natural systems involve too many variables to control (important to environmental science) Statistical sampling is often used to estimate measurements (think: probability) Cannot be applied to ethical questions

12 Matter Anything with mass, volume Physical states: solid, liquid, gas
Exists as an element (fundamental) or in compounds (combinations of different elements)

13 Atoms/Elements Basic unit of matter
*atomic theory: atoms make up elements Internal structures: neutrons (n), protons (p), electrons (e) Atomic number: equals number of protons Mass number: total number of protons and neutrons Isotopes: same atomic number, but different mass

14 Helium electron proton neutron Atomic Number: 2 Atomic Mass: 4 - - N +

15 Isotopes

16 Molecule/Compound Two or more different element chemical bound
*covalent bond: valence electrons are shared ** ionic bond: movement of electrons between ions Covalent bond Ionic bond

17 Ions Atom/group of atoms with a positive or negative charge
(superscript indicates charge- NH₄⁺) Important for measuring acidity: * determines how materials dissolve ** measured by pH: More H⁺ than OH¯ More OH¯ than H⁺

18 Compounds Organic: contain at least 2 carbons
Inorganic: all other compounds

19 Organic Compounds Hydrocarbons: C, H (methane-CH₄)
Chlorinated hydrocarbons: C, H, Cl (DDT) Simple carbohydrates: C,H,O (glucose) Macromolecules: complex carbohydrates, porteins, nucleic acids and lipids

20 Macromolecules Compound Composed of: Function Examples Carbohydrate
C,H,O Releases energy for cells Sugar Starch Cellulose

21 (made up of amino acids)
Macromolecules Compound Composed of: Function Examples Protein (made up of amino acids) C,H,O,N Building blocks of cell, enzymes lactase

22 Macromolecules Compound Composed of: Function Examples Lipids
C,H,O Stores and releases energy for cell (more than carbs) Fats, waxes, oils

23 Macromolecules Compound Composed of: Function Examples Nucleic Acids
C,H,O,N,P Stores hereditary material DNA, RNA

24 Living Matter Cell: basic functioning unit of life (cell theory)
Genes: sequences of nucleotides that code for specific traits Chromosome: made up of thousands of genes

25 Matter Quality Measure of how useful matter is to humans;
based on availability, concentration * high quality matter: high concentration, great resource, usually found near Earth’s surface ** low quality matter: low concentration, resource, deep underground or dispersed


27 Types of Change in Matter
Physical change: no change in chemical composition (ice melting) Chemical change/reaction: change in chemical composition

28 Types of Change in Matter (cont’d)
Nuclear change: change in the nuclei of atoms Radioactive decay: unstable isotope sheds fast-moving particles - half life: time needed for ½ of nuclei to decay into a more stable form Nuclear fission: nuclei of isotopes with large mass split into lighter nuclei Nuclear fusion: two isotopes of light elements fuse to form a heavier nucleus

29 Nuclear Changes Radioactive Half-Lives

30 Nuclear Changes Fission Fusion

31 Law of Conservation of Matter
No atoms are created or destroyed when matter undergoes physical or chemical changes (This law means we really cannot “throw” away anything. Pollution changes form, but never goes away)

32 Energy Capacity to do work or to transfer heat
Kinetic energy: associated... 1. motion 2. heat (moving atoms; flow from cold to hot) 3. electromagnet radiation a. travels in waves b. wavelength reflects energy (shorter waves = greater energy)

33 Energy (cont’d) Electromagnetic Radiation

34 Energy (cont’d) Potential energy: stored (potential for us)

35 Natural/Commercial Energy Sources
Sun is source for most energy on Earth Solar energy produces wind, hydropower, biomass fuels Fossil fuels (oil, coal, natural gas) produces commercial energy

36 Energy Quality High-quality energy: concentrated, high work capacity
ex.s- high temperatures, direct sunlight, burning coal Low-quality energy: dispersed, low work capacity ex.s- low temperatures, indirect sunlight, burning crop wastes

37 Energy Quality

38 Laws of Energy Transfer
First law of thermodynamics: no energy is created or destroyed when energy is converted from one form to another Second law of thermodynamics: energy conversions always result in a less useful form of energy due to loss in form of heat (we can never reuse/recycle energy to do work)

39 Systems Set of components that function and interact in a regular way. Made up of: Inputs from the environment Flows/throughputs of matter or energy within system Outputs to the environment ex.s- human body, an economy, a river

40 Outputs: Work/Products Waste
Systems Inputs: Energy Matter Information Throughputs Outputs: Work/Products Waste Heat

41 System Changes Feedback: process that increases (positive) or decreases (negative) a change to a system Feedback loop: output is fed back into a system as input; results in change to the system

42 Positive Feedback Loop
Causes system to increase change in same direction Ex: Decreasing Vegetation Erosion Nutrient Loss

43 Negative Feedback Loop
Causes a system to move in the opposite direction from which it is moving ex: Warm house causes thermostat to turn furnace off House Cools Temperature drop triggers thermostat to turn furnace on House Warms

44 System Regulations Time delay: time between the input of a feed- back stimulus and the system’s response to it ex. Replanting a forest to slow erosion Tipping point: point at which a system is changed irreversibly ex. Erosion results in so much nutrient loss that land can no longer support trees


46 Synergy Synergistic interaction (synergy): interaction of two or more processes to create a greater effect than each process separately (ex. Nonsmoker exposed to asbestos is 5 х more likely to get cancer than a smoker; a smoker exposed to asbestos is 50 х more likely to get cancer than a nonsmoker)

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