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Science Meets Real Life

Science Meets Real Life

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Published by Brenda Anderson
Science Meets Real Life
Whether you think of yourself as an up and coming scientist or not, you use science every day. You will explore how you apply different aspects of science in your daily life in a two part project. In 1,000-words, discuss the following:
The Scientific Method
Each and every day, you are faced with having to make split-second decisions, and the need to solve random problems that you encounter. To reach those decisions and work those problems out you are subconsciously using the scientific method. Apply the steps of the Scientific Method to two situations that could occur in your everyday life. Use the scientific method in the first scenario provided by your instructor to solve the problem at hand.
Please come up with a second detailed scenario on your own, using the categories provided, and follow the same steps in the scientific method to find a resolution.
For both scenarios, be sure to use terminology from the scientific method (hypothesis, experiment, etc.) while describing how you would address each problem.
Scenario 1: Imagine that a close family member wants to find out more about your KU Online science class, and you start telling them about what you have learned and the discussions you have been having in class. Then that same close family member mentions to you that they have been hearing a lot of news surrounding the issue of global warming. They ask you to give an example of how this is occurring.
What you decide to do is to use the scientific method to show your close family member how scientists have made the determination that global warming is occurring.
Here are the guidelines: You can use any part of global warming that interests you most. Here are a few websites to get you started:
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cmb-faq/globalwarming.html
Next, after you choose an aspect of global warming that interests you, then use the scientific method to help you explain to your family member about that certain aspect of global warming and the evidence that scientists have used to demonstrate that global warming is occurring.
A reminder of the steps that are presented to you in class:
What we recommend that you do is use the steps as heading in your paper. That way you can keep your paper very organized and demonstrates how scientists investigate the aspect of global warming that you chose:

• Ask Question Based on Observations
• Background Research
• Hypothesis (this should be in “If/Then” format. Example: If green house gasses are high, then there is an increase of the surface temperature of the Earth.
• What tests have been done to demonstrate this?
• Results that have been found
• Conclusion – This is where you use all of the steps of the scientific method as a summary to indicate to your family member that global warming is occurring

Scenario 2 :
For this scenario we are going to bring how you use the scientific method to answer a problem that might occur in your home with one of your appliances.
What you will do: Choose an appliance in your home that you couldn’t live without it could be as big as a deep freezer or AC unit or as small as a curling iron or coffee maker.
Next, imagine that you went to use that appliance and it didn’t work. Nothing, nada, did not turn on! Using the steps of the scientific method, again, as headings, what would you do to figure out what is happening with your appliance?

• Ask Question Based on Observations
• Background Research
• Hypothesis (this should be in “If/Then” format. Example: If my coffee grinder is not turning on, then there might be a problem with the outlet.
• What tests have been done to demonstrate this?
• Results that have been found
• Conclusion – This is where you use all of the steps of the scientific method as a summary to figure out why your appliance is not working.
Science Meets Real Life
Whether you think of yourself as an up and coming scientist or not, you use science every day. You will explore how you apply different aspects of science in your daily life in a two part project. In 1,000-words, discuss the following:
The Scientific Method
Each and every day, you are faced with having to make split-second decisions, and the need to solve random problems that you encounter. To reach those decisions and work those problems out you are subconsciously using the scientific method. Apply the steps of the Scientific Method to two situations that could occur in your everyday life. Use the scientific method in the first scenario provided by your instructor to solve the problem at hand.
Please come up with a second detailed scenario on your own, using the categories provided, and follow the same steps in the scientific method to find a resolution.
For both scenarios, be sure to use terminology from the scientific method (hypothesis, experiment, etc.) while describing how you would address each problem.
Scenario 1: Imagine that a close family member wants to find out more about your KU Online science class, and you start telling them about what you have learned and the discussions you have been having in class. Then that same close family member mentions to you that they have been hearing a lot of news surrounding the issue of global warming. They ask you to give an example of how this is occurring.
What you decide to do is to use the scientific method to show your close family member how scientists have made the determination that global warming is occurring.
Here are the guidelines: You can use any part of global warming that interests you most. Here are a few websites to get you started:
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cmb-faq/globalwarming.html
Next, after you choose an aspect of global warming that interests you, then use the scientific method to help you explain to your family member about that certain aspect of global warming and the evidence that scientists have used to demonstrate that global warming is occurring.
A reminder of the steps that are presented to you in class:
What we recommend that you do is use the steps as heading in your paper. That way you can keep your paper very organized and demonstrates how scientists investigate the aspect of global warming that you chose:

• Ask Question Based on Observations
• Background Research
• Hypothesis (this should be in “If/Then” format. Example: If green house gasses are high, then there is an increase of the surface temperature of the Earth.
• What tests have been done to demonstrate this?
• Results that have been found
• Conclusion – This is where you use all of the steps of the scientific method as a summary to indicate to your family member that global warming is occurring

Scenario 2 :
For this scenario we are going to bring how you use the scientific method to answer a problem that might occur in your home with one of your appliances.
What you will do: Choose an appliance in your home that you couldn’t live without it could be as big as a deep freezer or AC unit or as small as a curling iron or coffee maker.
Next, imagine that you went to use that appliance and it didn’t work. Nothing, nada, did not turn on! Using the steps of the scientific method, again, as headings, what would you do to figure out what is happening with your appliance?

• Ask Question Based on Observations
• Background Research
• Hypothesis (this should be in “If/Then” format. Example: If my coffee grinder is not turning on, then there might be a problem with the outlet.
• What tests have been done to demonstrate this?
• Results that have been found
• Conclusion – This is where you use all of the steps of the scientific method as a summary to figure out why your appliance is not working.

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