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Science as Inquiry

  • The Abilities Necessary to Do Scientific Inquiry

  • Understanding Scientific Inquiry

    • 25 Compare and critique scientific investigations

    • 26 Use and describe alternate methods for investigating different types of testable questions

    • 27 Recognize that science uses processes that involve a logical and empirical, but flexible, approach to problem solving

    • 28 Recognize that investigations generally begin with a review of the work of others

    • 29 Explain how technology can expand the senses and contribute to the increase and/or modification of scientific knowledge

    • 30 Describe why all questions cannot be answered with present technologies

    • 31 Recognize that there is an acceptable range of variation in collected data

    • 32 Explain the use of statistical methods to confirm the significance of data (e.g., mean, median, mode, range)

    • 33 Evaluate models, identify problems in design, and make recommendations for improvement

    • 34 Recognize the importance of communication among scientists about investigations in progress and the work of others

    • 35 Explain how skepticism about accepted scientific explanations (i.e., hypotheses and theories) leads to new understanding

    • 36 Explain why an experiment must be verified through multiple investigations and yield consistent results before the findings are accepted

    • 37 Critique and analyze their own inquiries and the inquiries of others

    • 38 Explain that, through the use of scientific processes and knowledge, people can solve problems, make decisions, and form new ideas

    • 39 Identify areas in which technology has changed human lives (e.g., transportation, communication, geographic information systems, DNA fingerprinting)

    • 40 Evaluate the impact of research on scientific thought, society, and the environment

Physical Science

  • Properties and Changes of Properties in Matter

  • Motions and Forces

    • 14 Construct and analyze graphs that represent one-dimensional motion (i.e., motion in a straight line) and predict the future positions and speed of a moving object

    • 15 Explain why velocity is expressed in both speed and direction

    • 16 Compare line graphs of acceleration, constant speed, and deceleration

    • 17 Describe and demonstrate that friction is a force that acts whenever two surfaces or objects move past one another

    • 18 Explain how the resistance of materials affects the rate of electrical flow

    • 19 Identify forces acting on all objects

    • 20 Draw and label a diagram to represent forces acting on an object

    • 21 Determine the magnitude and direction of unbalanced (i.e., net) forces acting on an object

    • 22 Demonstrate that an object will remain at rest or move at a constant speed and in a straight line if it is not subjected to an unbalanced force

    • 23 Predict the direction of a force applied to an object and how it will change the speed and direction of the object

  • Transformations of Energy

    • 24 Describe and give examples of how all forms of energy may be classified as potential or kinetic energy

    • 25 Compare forms of energy (e.g., light, heat, sound, electrical, nuclear, mechanical)

    • 26 Describe and summarize observations of the transmission, reflection, and absorption of sound, light, and heat energy

    • 27 Explain the relationship between work input and work output by using simple machines

    • 28 Explain the law of conservation of energy

    • 29 Compare and/or investigate the relationships among work, power, and efficiency

    • 30 Trace energy transformations in a simple system (e.g., flashlight)

    • 31 Compare types of electromagnetic waves

    • 32 Identify and illustrate key characteristics of waves (e.g., wavelength, frequency, amplitude)

    • 33 Predict the direction in which light will refract when it passes from one transparent material to another (e.g., from air to water, from prism to air)

    • 34 Apply the law of reflection and law of refraction to demonstrate everyday phenomena (e.g., how light is reflected from tinted windows, how light is refracted by cameras, telescopes, eyeglasses)

    • 35 Determine through experimentation whether light is reflected, transmitted, and/or absorbed by a given object or material

    • 36 Explain the relationship between an object's color and the wavelength of light reflected or transmitted to the viewer's eyes

    • 37 Compare how heat is transferred by conduction, convection, and radiation

    • 38 Identify conditions under which thermal energy tends to flow from a system of higher energy to a system of lower energy

    • 39 Describe how electricity can be produced from other types of energy (e.g., magnetism, solar, mechanical)

    • 40 Identify heat energy gains and losses during exothermic and endothermic chemical reactions

    • 41 Identify risks associated with the production and use of coal, petroleum, hydroelectricity, nuclear energy, and other energy forms

  • Science and the Environment

    • 42 Identify energy types from their source to their use and determine if the energy types are renewable, nonrenewable, or inexhaustible

    • 43 Explain how the use of different energy resources affects the environment and the economy

    • 44 Explain how an inexhaustible resource can be harnessed for energy production

    • 45 Describe methods for sustaining renewable resources

    • 46 Identify ways people can reuse, recycle, and reduce the use of resources to improve and protect the quality of life

    • 47 Illustrate how various technologies influence resource use in an ecosystem (e.g., forestry management, soil conservation, fishery improvement)