Introductory Materials

Most of the materials below can be found in your physics handouts.  If you missed any classes or just need a refresher, there is some additional explanation given below. Please make use of the materials in this unit throughout the rest of your physics experience as we will constantly be talking in terms of the scientific method.

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The importance of a strong science education

The importance of having a strong science background is more than simply getting you interested in science.  Science helps you reason in new ways as well as exercises parts of your brain that may not be stimulated as much by other subjects.  Elizabeth Marincola does a great job of explaining more in the article below.

You should hopefully have some thoughts after reading the above article.  The link below provides some questions to guide you in your thought process.

Experimental Design

It is critical that you have a strong understaning of the scientific method in order to do well in any science class and more importantly to have a strong grasp of logical methods of problem solving.  Please review the material at the link below.  You will find a video there as well as two articles that give a good introductory overview of the scientific method.  You will note that this material talks about biological experiments, but it is just as relevant in physics.  The only reason biology examples are used, is because biology is generally the first class in high school where students are first introduced to the scientific method.

The following document has some material that should be a review such as the differences between independent and dependent variables, and some material that may be new such as differences between accuracy and precision.  Please review this document to ensure that you know more intermediate scientific method concepts.