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Analysing Scientific Experiments - Book 1

An essential student guide to interpreting and drawing conclusions from experiment results

Students will find their logical next steps in Analysing Scientific Experiments, from which they can experience the satisfaction of getting real meaning from experimental results. Through these activities they will develop the range of analytical and statistical skills they need to interpret their results and use their understanding of scientific principles to reach sound conclusions. After completing simple scaffolding activities to practise various statistical and analytical techniques in isolation, students gain many opportunities to apply those techniques to both results supplied in the resource and results they gain from their own experiments.

Ages: 12-15 | Pages: 59 | Code: 51030 | ISBN: 9781776554331

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Julia Burton

Through her study at Otago University,New Zealand, Julia Burton gained a BSc with a major in chemistry and a BA with a major in English. She then gained her Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) from Teachers’ College at Victoria University. She taught science and chemistry at Upper Hutt College and is now taking a break to look after her children.

Contents

Introduction4
Get to grips with statistics and analysis5
Getting the general idea: Mean, median and mode5
Dealing with exceptions: Outliers6
Dividing the data into four: Quartiles8
Spotting the difference: Continuous and discrete data10
Choices, choices: Which graph should you use?11
Spotting the patterns, trends and relationships in your data12
Drawing conclusions: Gold foil and solar panels15
Discussion: What is the point?16
Discussion: Phlogiston, dark suckers and drawbacks17
Put your analytical skills to work18
Teacher notes18
The best bang for your buck22
Floating eggs24
Stopping fruit from turning brown26
Does splatter matter?28
Can tree moss really show us north?32
The most powerful fruit35
Floury fact finding37
Measuring static electricity40
Try it with templates43
How much do drinks stain your teeth?43
Teacher notes: How much do drinks stain your teeth?45
Using rates of reaction to help heartburn46
Teacher notes: Using rates of reaction to help heartburn48
Pitch perfect49
Teacher notes: Pitch perfect51
Bubbling balloons52
Teacher notes: Bubbling balloons54
Suggested answers to Section 1 activities55