Biology 1201 Chapter 1-Scientific Method
Biology 1201 Chapter 1-Scientific Method BIOL 1201
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Zachary Bergin on Wednesday September 7, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to BIOL 1201 at Louisiana State University taught by E. Wischusen in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 34 views.
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Date Created: 09/07/16
Chapter 1 Scientific Method Monday, September 5, 2016 5:16 PM What is science? A body of knowledge. An approach to understanding nature. What do scientist do? Make observations Attempt to discern patterns Assume that the future is like the past 2 important points about this scheme: 1 . Science only deals with phenomena which can be observed. 1 We assume that the future is like the past. Scientific Method: Observations - if you cannot observe it then it's outside the bounds of science. Generalization or model- the goal is to always improve the models. As science grows, the models get better. Hypothesis Tests These steps keep repeating What is the outcome of this process? Terminology- a certain language/a way of speaking. Hypothesis- a prediction that hasn’t been tested. Theory- A hypothesis that is well supported, has good models/ structures, has been tested multiple times, and has scientific weight. Law- theory's that have been accepted and proven to be true. Ex. The laws of Physics What is Biology? Biology is the study of life. What are the characteristics of living organisms? Organization Energy use Development Reproduction Being able to Evolve Response to the environment Approaches to studying biology. Reductionist-reduce something to its smallest parts to study. Holist- study the structure as one piece that can only be studied that way.
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