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Biology 10 Week 2 Notes

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Biology 10 Week 2 Notes Biol 10

California State University, Fresno
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Topics include: Hypotheses vs Theories, Theories vs. Laws, Types of Evidence, Proof, Scientific Method, Viruses
Life Science
Stephanie Coffman
Class Notes
Biology, Life_Science
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Date Created: 09/04/16
Life Science Monday, August 29, 2016 5:00 PM Week's Topic: Scientific Thinking Important Points: Theories can never becomelaws Today's Topics: Theories can never be truly proven  Hypotheses Hypotheses are narrow, Theories are broad  Theories & Laws  Hypothesis vs. Theories  Evidence  Scientific Ideas Can Change  Science vs Religion Summary  Hypotheses try to explain a narrow topic  Theories are the best explanation available to explain a broad topic that is supported by all available evidence  Laws describe broad aspects of the natural world  Theories cannot prove or disprove any claims  Theories are changeable and can be disproved, though are not often done so Topic #1: Hypothesis • Not just "an educated guess" • Has to provide an explanation • Always going to explain • Not an "if-then" statement(that’s a prediction) • Used to formulate a prediction • Hypothesis explains what is happening, prediction makes a guess about what will happen • Can be very narrow Topic #2: Theories and Laws • Going to be very broad • Big picture, big idea • Law: Describes the natural world ○ An apple falls down everytime • Theory: Explains why or how something happened ○ The apple fell because of gravity • Theories do not becomelaws with more evidence Example: Gravity • Law: "Objects fall to the ground when dropped" • Theory: "The object fell to the ground because larger objects attract smaller objects" Topic #3: Hypothesis vs Theory • Hypothesis is very narrow • Theory is very broad • Theory is the best explanation we have based on existing evidence Example: Cell Theory Example: Cell Theory • Applies to every living thing made of cells Sub-Topic #1: Theories • Can change over time • Are the goals of science • Supported by evidence  By all the available evidence, not just some of it  Observations,Experiments, etc • Contradicting evidence may disprove a theory Topic #4: Evidence • Observations • Experiments ○ Not required (like in Astronomy) ○ Some things cannot be experimentedon  Galaxies  Pregnant Women  Religion Sub-Topic #1: Objective vs Subjective Experiments ○ Objective  Not influenced by preconceivedideas or emotionsor fame and fortune ○ Subjective  Based on opinion  Data needs to be interpreted Sub-Topic #2: Proof ○ Proof is not possible ○ Evidence supports a theory but cannot ever prove it ○ It is not possible to test all possibilities ○ Scientists collect as much data as possible that will support or reject a claim Anecdote: Advertisements • Be wary of ads that claim proof of scientific results! • Check the evidence! • Proof is not possible • There is no proof that Cheerios reduces cholesterol,though there may be evidence to support this claim Topic #5: Scientific Ideas can change • Ideas are tentative • Built into science that science can change • Usually in the form of small revisions to a theory • Completeabandonment of a theory requires strong evidence and is uncommon • Theories can go unchanged for an indefinite period of time Topic #6: Science vs. Other ways to explain the world Sub-Topic #1: Science • Limited to the natural world • Tentative • Requires Evidence • Based on logic • Subject to revision • Can be disproved • Can be disproved Sub-Topic #2: Religion • Not limited to the natural world • Requires faith, not empirical evidence • Based on authoritative text • Unchanging Life Science Wednesday, August 31, 2016 5:00 PM Week's Topic: Scientific Thinking Important Points: Double- Blind Experiment Today's Topics: Experiments should be controlled, double-blind and random  Types of Evidence Cause & Effect - not linked directly  Scientific Method Viruses need host cells to replicate Antibiotics only work on bacteria  Cause and Effect  Viruses Summary  3 Types of "Evidence"  Experiments should only manipulate one variable, be placebo-controlled, double- blind, random, and have a large enough sample size to account for variation  Cause and effect are not always directly linked  Antibiotics interrupt the cell's normal function so using them on our own bacteria cells is risking the good ones Topic #1: Types of 'Evidence' Type #1: Anecdotal Evidence • What your friends and family say Type #2: Appeal to Authority • What important people say, such as doctors Example: Vitamin C cures the cold ○ Linus Pauling ○ Hypothesized that Vitamin C cures the cold ○ Used Inductive Reasoning  Arguing from what we already know  Starting with specific observations to discover a general principle Type #3: Argue with Numbers • What loads of people say Type #4: Lie Vocabulary: Experiment • a set of actions or observations designed to test a hypothesis Double-Blind Experiment • researcher & subject are both unaware if the experimental drug is a placebo or not Placebo • An inactive substance used as an experimental control • Medically ineffectual treatment, ie. a sugar pill Topic #2: Scientific Method Sub-Topic #1: Hypothesis • Are usually based on observations • Must be testable • Must be based on natural phenomena • Must be based on natural phenomena Sub-Topic #2: Experiment • Should manipulate only 1 variable • Should be controlled, double-blind & random • Need enough subjects to account for variation Sub-Topic #3: Conclusions • Must not mistake correlation for causation • Always remain open to falsification Topic #3: Cause & Effect • Not necessarily linked directly Example: Cold Remedies • Sleeping more while having a cold does not cause you to get over a cold, but it may boost your immune system • Exercising while sick, same thing • Correlative studies show that many factors can influence your immune system Sub-Topic #1: Correlation is not Causation!! • More storks in Germany correlated with more babies born in Germany does not mean storks deliver babies • Ice cream sales and shark bites increasing do not cause each other, the heat causes both effects Topic #4: Viruses • Tricks your cells into letting them in • Needs to get in to make more of itself • Uses your cells to replicate itself • Your body knows about it • Body releases compounds to fight virus • Warns the other cells • Causes sickness Sub-Topic #1: Antibiotics • Disrupt the normal cell functions  Building of cell walls  Protein synthesis  Metabolic processes • Only work on bacteria • Prokaryotic Cells vs Eukaryotic Cells:  Presence of cell walls  Different size of ribosomes  Details of metabolism • The goal of antibiotic therapy is to choose or design drugs that target the differences (between prokaryotic & eukaryotic cells) in host and pathogen cells


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