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Scientific Principles

Scientific Numeracy

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Practise a variety of numerical skills, including displaying numbers, working with numbers and units, averages and data spread, rearranging and solving equations, and graphs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Convert and display numbers to different precisions and common scientific format
  • Describe and use ratio and percentages, including % increase and decrease, in scientific contexts
  • Work with a range of scientific units and convert experimental values between different units
  • Calculate basic descriptive statistics of a dataset, and identify high and low experimental accuracy and precision
  • Rearrange and solve different scientific formulae, and explain the relationship between variables in a formula
  • Name different graph types, identify experimental outliers, plot high-quality graph and use trendline equation
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Concepts Principles and Theories

  • What is meant by accuracy and precision 
  • What is scientific notation and how do we represent numbers in this format 
  • When is it appropriate to think in terms of decimal places and significant figures in a value

Manipulating and Presenting Data

  • How to round a value to the requested decimal places or significant figures 
  • How to calculate percentage and percentage change 
  • How to write values as powers of 10
  • How to convert between metric prefixes and apply to calculations
  • How to determine the most suitable graph type for a given set of data 
  • What should be plotted on each axes of a graph and how to select suitable ranges

Interpreting and Analysing Data

  • How to identify the slope and intercept value from the trendline equation 
  • How to rearrange the trendline equation to calculate the concentration of an unknown 
  • How to determine the central tendencies and distribution for a set of data
  • How to identify outliers in a set of data 
  • How to rearrange and solve the C1V1 = C2V2, pH and proton concentration and ideal gas law equations

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