Lesson: Drawing Conclusions

Physics

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze and interpret information in order to determine what can be known from it using scientific methods.

Video

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Sample Question Videos

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Worksheet

Q1:

A student observes that the temperature of some water placed on a hot plate increases over a two-minute time interval. The student concludes that the temperature increase of the water will be fifty times greater if the water is left on the hot plate for a time interval that is fifty times longer. Which of the following statements about the student’s conclusion is correct?

Q2:

A scientist performs an experiment. He observes that a sample of a substance normally floats on water but sinks in the water if the sample is first heated to a temperature greater than 75C then immediately placed in room-temperature water. Determine whether the experiment supports, contradicts, or neither supports nor contradicts each of the following statements.

A sample that has been heated to a temperature above 75C sinks if the water it is placed in is at room temperature.

A sample that has been heated to a temperature above 75C sinks if the water it is immediately placed in is at a temperature that is less than 75C but greater than room temperature.

A sample that has been heated to a temperature above 75C will not sink if it has a temperature less than 75C when it is placed in water at room temperature.

An unheated sample would sink when placed in water that has a temperature of at least 75C.

Q3:

A student does an experiment involving heating cubes made of iron, stone, and glass. The student observes that the cubes all expand the same amount when heated. Which of the following conclusions can the student correctly reach?

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