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What is Physical Science?

Introduction to Physical Science.

Tom Bradley

on 6 November 2013

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Transcript of What is Physical Science?

Science is a way of learning about the natural world by gathering information.

Scientists use the skills of observing, inferring, and predicting to learn more about the natural world.
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But we can move beyond the present.
Here is something small...
It could be much larger!
Here is some context. Provide some common ground.
Or something from the present, that we should look beyond.
Chemistry is the study of the properties of matter and how matter changes.
Physical Science is the study of matter (stuff), energy, and the changes they undergo.

Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space.

Energy is the ability to do work or cause change.
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What is Physical Science?
An Example:
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When you explain your observations, you are inferring.

Inferences are based on reasoning from what you already know.

You make inferences all the time but inferences are not always correct.
Predicting means making a forecast of what will happen based on past experience or evidence.

Saying your team will win is a prediction if it is based on the record of the two teams.

It is a guess if it is not based on any data.
Physics is the study of matter and energy and how they interact.
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Photo credits: 'horizon' by pierreyves @ flickr
Observing means using one or more senses to gather information.

Qualitative – are descriptions that don’t involve numbers.

Quantitative – are measurements.
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