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BSC 1005 Ch.1 Notes

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BSC 1005 Ch.1 Notes
Lab-BIOL 1005-010
Diane Lowell
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Date Created: 09/03/16
Ch 1. Process of Science (Text and Powerpoint) Definitions Science – the process of using observations and experiments to draw conclusions based on evidence Anecdotal Evidence – an informal observation Peer Review – the review of an article by experts before publication Hypothesis – a possible answer to the question under investigation Testable – if the hypothesis can be supported or rejected by carefully designed experiments or observation Falsifiable – if the hypothesis can be ruled out by data that shows that the hypothesis does not explain the observation Experiment – carefully designed test Experimental Group –  a group the experiences intervention or manipulation Control Group – a group that does not experience intervention or manipulation Placebo – a fake treatment given to the control group to mimic the experience of the experimental group Independent Variable – the variable that is being changed in the experimental group Dependent Variable – the measured result of an experiment Sample Size­ the number of experimental subjects or the number of times an experiment was repeated Statistical Significance – a measure of confidence that results obtained are real and did not happen by chance Scientific Theory – an explanation that has never been disproved Epidemiology – the study of patterns of diseases in populations, including risk factors Correlation – a consistent relationship between two variables Randomized Clinical Trial – a controlled medical experiment where subjects are randomly picked to either receive the  experimental treatment or the placebo Important Information  Conclusions on evidence can change in the future if by other scientists  Science is a never ending process  Anecdotal evidence is often unreliable because it is based off systematic study  Statements that have to do with supernatural or mystical explanations that can’t be tested are seen as being outside of  the scientific explanation. These statements are known as “pseudoscience”  If data supports the hypothesis it will be accepted for the time being until other data shows otherwise  A hypothesis can’t be true once and for all  A blind experiment is when none of the subject know if they are getting the experimental substance or the placebo  A double blind experiment is when neither the subject nor the scientist knows who is getting the experimental  substance or the placebo   True in science is never final  A theory is an explanation that has been tested and has never been disproved  Caffeine effects the brain by counter acting the chemical adenosine, to keep you more alert  Adenosine is the body’s natural sleeping pill  With too much caffeine someone can experience jitters, anxiety, trouble sleeping, dehydration, and even heart  palpitations  Caffeine is addictive  Correlation is not causation. They provide evidence that supports further research  Journalists and scientist are not the only people who can say if the research is correct or not. Consumers can pick which studies should influence everyday life


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