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1 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Chapter 1

2 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Lesson Overview 1.1 – What is Science?

3 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Bell Ringer – Day 1 Where did plants and animals come from? How did I come to be? Humans have tried to answer these questions in different ways. Some ways of explaining the world have stayed the same over time. Science, however, is always changing. You are also responsible for ALL of the vocabulary in Chapter 1.

4 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Scientific Methodology: The Heart of Science What procedures are at the core of scientific methodology? Scientific methodology involves observing and asking questions, making inferences and forming hypotheses, conducting controlled experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and drawing conclusions.

5 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Observing and Asking Questions Scientific investigations begin with observation, the act of noticing and describing events or processes in a careful, orderly way. Why is the grass different heights?

6 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Inferring and Forming a Hypothesis After posing questions, scientists use further observations to make inferences, or logical interpretations based on what is already known. Inference can lead to a hypothesis, or a scientific explanation for a set of observations that can be tested in ways that support or reject it. What inferences and hypothesis can you make?

7 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Designing Controlled Experiments. Whenever possible, a hypothesis should be tested by an experiment in which only one variable is changed. All other variables should be kept unchanged, or controlled. This type of experiment is called a controlled experiment. Examples of variables include temperature, light, time, and availability of nutrients

8 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Controlling Variables You can’t change too much. The variable that is deliberately changed is called the independent variable (also called the manipulated variable). The variable that is observed and that changes in response to the independent variable is called the dependent variable (also called the responding variable).

9 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Control and Experimental Groups Typically, an experiment is divided into control and experimental groups. A control group is exposed to the same conditions as the experimental group except for one independent variable. Scientists set up several sets of control and experimental groups to try to reproduce or replicate their observations.

10 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Designing Controlled Experiments The plots were divided into control and experimental groups. Most, if not all, conditions should be the same (plant density, soil type, input of freshwater, and height above average tide level). Add nitrogen (independent variable) Observe Growth (dependent variable)

11 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Collecting and Analyzing Data Gather data Observations (qualitative) Measurements (quatiative)

12 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Research Tools Tools can be simple: Meterstick Pencil Tools can be complex: Analyzers such as computers Accelerators

13 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Sources of Error Accuracy is key. Some tools are limited. The larger the data sample the more reliable the research.

14 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Drawing Conclusions Scientists use experimental data as evidence to support, refute, or revise the hypothesis being tested, and to draw a valid conclusion.

15 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Analysis showed that marsh grasses grew taller than controls by adding nitrogen.

16 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Drawing Conclusions Hypothesis may be supported or rejected Hypotheses may have to be revised Experiments redone several times Eventually a final hypothesis and/or conclusions drawn.

17 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? When Experiments Are Not Possible Hypothesis testable by observation Animal behavior is a good example. Interaction Mating Defense of territory

18 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? When Experiments Are Not Possible Sometimes, ethics prevents certain types of experiments—especially on human subjects. Chemical exposure leading to cancer? You don’t get healthy people and expose them! Still try to control variables as much as possible. Remember, larger groups are better.

19 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Scientific Variables Activity Smithers thinks that a special juice will increase the productivity of workers. He creates two groups of 50 workers each and assigns each group the same task (in this case, they are supposed to staple a set of papers). Group A is given the special juice to drink while they work. Group B is not given the special juice. After an hour, Smithers counts how many stack of papers each group has made. Group A made 1,587 stacks, Group B made 2,113 stacks. Identify the: 1.Control Group 2.Independent Variable 3.Dependent Variable 4.What should Smithers conclusion be? 5.How could this experiment be improved?

20 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Scientific Variables Activity Krusty was told that a certain itching powder was the newest best thing on the market. It even claims to cause 50% longer lasting itches. Interested in this product, he buys the itching powder and compares it to his usual product. One test subject (A) is sprinkled with the original itching powder, and another test subject (B) was sprinkled with the new itching powder. Subject A reported having itches for 30 minutes. Subject B reported to have itches for 45 minutes. Identify the: 1.Control Group 2.Independent Variable 3.Dependent Variable 4.Explain whether the data supports the advertisement’s claims about its product.

21 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Scientific Variables Activity Lisa is working on a science project. Her task is to answer the question: “Does Rogooti (which is a commercial hair product) affect the speed of hair growth” Her family is willing to volunteer for the experiment. Describe how Lisa would perform this experiment. Identify the control group, and the independent and dependent variables in your description.

22 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Lesson Overview 1.2 Science in Context

23 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Bell Ringer Day 2 Do Questions 2 and 3 in the 1.1 Assessment questions on page 9. Continue to work on Vocabulary terms.

24 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Scientific Theories –Many hypotheses with supporting evidence = –A Theory. – Well tested –Unifies observations and hypotheses –Enables scientists to make predictions –Never considered absolute truth. Why? –Science is every changing. –New evidence –Better explanation –

25 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Science, Ethics, Morality, and Bias Pure science does not include ethical or moral viewpoints. Science cannot answer questions about why life exists or what the meaning of life is. Similarly, science can tell us how technology and scientific knowledge can be applied but not whether it should be applied in particular ways. You have to avoid bias. Point of view that is personal rather than scientific.

26 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Lesson Overview 1.3 Studying Life

27 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Characteristics of Living Things –Biology is the study of life. But what is life? –No single characteristic is enough to describe a living thing. Also, some nonliving things share one or more traits with organisms. –Some things, such as viruses, exist at the border between organisms and nonliving things.

28 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Characteristics of Living Things –Despite these difficulties, we can list characteristics that most living things have in common. Both fish and coral, for example, show all the characteristics common to living things.

29 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Characteristics of Living Things –Living things are based on a universal genetic code. –All organisms store the complex information they need to live, grow, and reproduce in a genetic code written in a molecule called DNA. –That information is copied and passed from parent to offspring and is almost identical in every organism on Earth.

30 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Characteristics of Living Things –Living things grow and develop. –During development, a single fertilized egg divides again and again. –As these cells divide, they differentiate, which means they begin to look different from one another and to perform different functions.

31 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Characteristics of Living Things –Living things respond to their environment. –A stimulus is a signal to which an organism responds. –For example, some plants can produce unsavory chemicals to ward off caterpillars that feed on their leaves.

32 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Characteristics of Living Things –Living things reproduce, which means that they produce new similar organisms. –Most plants and animals engage in sexual reproduction, in which cells from two parents unite to form the first cell of a new organism. –Other organisms reproduce through asexual reproduction, in which a single organism produces offspring identical to itself. –

33 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Characteristics of Living Things – Living things maintain a relatively stable internal environment, even when external conditions change dramatically. –All living organisms expend energy to keep conditions inside their cells within certain limits. This conditionprocess is called homeostasis. –For example, specialized cells help leaves regulate gases that enter and leave the plant.

34 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Characteristics of Living Things – Living things obtain and use material and energy to grow, develop, and reproduce. –The combination of chemical reactions through which an organism builds up or breaks down materials is called metabolism. –For example, leaves obtain energy from the sun and gases from the air. These materials then take part in various metabolic reactions within the leaves.

35 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Characteristics of Living Things – Living things are made up of one or more cells— the smallest units considered fully alive. –Cells can grow, respond to their surroundings, and reproduce. –Despite their small size, cells are complex and highly organized. –For example, a single branch of a tree contains millions of cells.

36 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Characteristics of Living Things –Over generations, groups of organisms evolve, or change over time. –Evolutionary change links all forms of life to a common origin more than 3.5 billion years ago. –DNA, proteins, physical features

37 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Big Ideas in Biology –All biological sciences are tied together by “big ideas” that overlap and interlock with one another. –Several of these big ideas overlap with the characteristics of life or the nature of science.

38 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Cellular Basis of Life –Living things are made of cells. –Many living things consist of only a single cell and are called unicellular organisms. –Plants and animals are multicellular. Cells in multicellular organisms display many different sizes, shapes, and functions.

39 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Information and Heredity –Living things are based on a universal genetic code. –The information coded in your DNA is similar to organisms that lived 3.5 billion years ago. –The DNA inside your cells right now can influence your future—your risk of getting cancer, the amount of cholesterol in your blood, and the color of your children’s hair.

40 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Matter and Energy –Life requires matter that serves as nutrients to build body structures, and energy that fuels life’s processes. –Some organisms, such as plants, obtain energy from sunlight and take up nutrients from air, water, and soil. –Other organisms, including most animals, eat plants or other animals to obtain both nutrients and energy. –The need for matter and energy link all living things on Earth in a web of interdependent relationships.

41 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Growth, Development, and Reproduction – All living things reproduce. Newly produced individuals grow and develop as they mature. –During growth and development, generalized cells typically become more different and specialized for particular functions. –Specialized cells build tissues, such as brains, muscles, and digestive organs, that serve various functions.

42 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Homeostasis –Living things maintain a relatively stable internal environment. –For most organisms, any breakdown of homeostasis may have serious or even fatal consequences. –Specialized plant cells help leaves regulate gases that enter and leave the plant.

43 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Evolution –Central theory to all biological and biomedical sciences.

44 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Structure and Function –Each major group of organisms has evolved its own collection of structures that have evolved in ways that make particular functions possible. –Organisms use structures that have evolved into different forms as species have adapted to life in different environments.

45 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Unity and Diversity of Life – Life takes a variety of forms. Yet, all living things are fundamentally similar at the molecular level. –All organisms are composed of a common set of carbon-based molecules, store information in a common genetic code, and use proteins to build their structures and carry out their functions. –Evolutionary theory explains both this unity of life and its diversity.

46 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Interdependence in Nature –All forms of life on Earth are connected into a biosphere, or “living planet.” –Within the biosphere, organisms are linked to one another and to the land, water, and air around them. –Relationships between organisms and their environments depend on the cycling of matter and the flow of energy.

47 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Science as a Way of Knowing – The job of science is to use observations, questions, and experiments to explain the natural world in terms of natural forces and events. –Successful scientific research reveals rules and patterns that can explain and predict at least some events in nature. –

48 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Science as a Way of Knowing –Science enables us to take actions that affect events in the world around us. –To make certain that scientific knowledge is used for the benefit of society, all of us must understand the nature of science.

49 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Scientific Measurement –Most scientists use the metric system when collecting data and performing experiments. – –The metric system is a decimal system of measurement whose units are based on certain physical standards and are scaled on multiples of 10.

50 Lesson Overview Lesson Overview What Is Science? Scientific Measurement: Common Metric Units


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