Introduction to Earth Science by David McConnell

By David McConnell

This article is the made of collaboration among the content material rigor supplied via Earth technological know-how experts (McConnell, Park, Steer) and the result of examine on studying as contributed via pedagogical specialists (Knight, Owens). it's been explicitly designed to be appropriate with inquiry-based, lively studying within the collage lecture room. The structural components of this article is going to enable the trainer to include those student-centered educating equipment into their Earth technological know-how path. The authors have established the book's content material and pedagogy in huge Earth technological know-how sessions for non-majors which are populated with regularly beginners. Their reports exhibit that the fabrics and strategies within the e-book can enhance students' studying, elevate day-by-day attendance, decrease attrition, and bring up students' enthusiasm compared to periods taught following a standard lecture layout. The authors have selected to stress 3 medical subject matters through the textual content: medical literacy; Earth technology and the human adventure; and, the technological know-how of worldwide swap. The dialogue of clinical equipment is woven into the textual content all through. they've got incorporated a variety of examples of human interplay with the Earth which could function access issues for college kids to understand the character of technology. worldwide switch is a subject that's glaring in a lot present Earth technology examine so our authors have used international swap as a content material subject matter through the booklet.

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People who argue from authority. Just because a person is important or powerful does not make him or her right. The extremely powerful Roman Catholic Church disagreed with Copernicus when he pointed out that Earth rotated around the sun, but it turned out that he was right. Confusion over cause and effect. ” For example, a student may claim that he did well on an exam because he wore their his “lucky” shirt, socks, cap, whatever. The use of bad statistics. Even the weakest scientific arguments may look appealing if supported by statistics that are based on a biased sample or on a sample size that is too small to be representative.

I can identify the four rules of good science and recognize when they are being applied. 9 Give an example from your own life experience that demonstrates observations, a hypothesis, and a prediction based on the application of reasoning consistent with the scientific method. 7). We will discuss this further in Chapters 3 and 8, but for the meantime, their hypothesis was based on some existing observations: 1. Dinosaurs (and 50 percent of all other species) died out suddenly 66 million years ago (over a period that may have lasted from as little as 100,000 years to as much as 3 million years).

In another example, many scientists studying glaciers on different continents have noted that most are decreasing in size. These observations can be made routinely by photographing and measuring the dimensions of individual glaciers over several years or decades and are readily confirmed by others willing to visit the same locations. In either case, the important characteristic of science lies with the empirical, reproducible data used to support or refute a hypothesis. 4. A valid scientific hypothesis offers a well-defined natural cause or mechanism to explain the occurrence of a natural event.

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