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Week 1 notes Biol 120-004
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Lauren Teeple on Saturday August 29, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to Biol 120-004 at Towson University taught by Dr. Burks in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 41 views. For similar materials see General Biology in Biological Sciences at Towson University.
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Date Created: 08/29/15
Biology 120 week 1 Meaning of Biology bios ife and logos study therefore biology means the study of life Science is Science is the study of everything pertinent to life and the study of change Characteristics 0 Research 0 Experimentation o Theories and ideas How is science different than other fields of study Science is proving theories to be facts Starts with an idea Objective What is the goal of science Explains the world around us Explains the world To educate Are there limitations in science Not enough information or data Limited technology Limited funding Lack of modern resources Religion and personal beliefs that cannot be proven Science is open to change not 100 accurate proven Science is a body of knowledge and a way of thinking The Scientific Method Observation description of something using the five senses Inference logical interpretation of an observation Hypothesis quotAn educated guess a possible explanation using prior knowledge Testing the hypothesis experiment a test designed to answer a question specific hypothesis Evidence data information gain from the experiment Empirical evidence information gained using the five senses Can be quantitative numerical or qualitative descriptive Conclusion summary of findings supports or rejects hypothesis How do scientists communicate their findings Publication and or conference Why To share knowledge and advance the field There is no universal scientific method Science is not rigid Steps can be skipped or used multiple times Truth in science is defined as What we know and understand about the natural world based on all the available empirical data Testable someone could gather empirical data through experimentation Falsifiable it is possible to negate any one of those through discovery of counter data Theory Accepted explanation of some aspect of the natural world based on knowledge that has been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experimentation Example evolution big bang germs to disease Scientific theory Well supported by lots of data and repeated testing Non scientific theory Based on anecdotal evidence Not based on fact
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