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1: Process of Science

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    The Process of Science

    Understanding the process of science is critical to understanding what science can and cannot say. Science is a process of exploration and discovery. Science is not static but can change and deepen with new evidence. In this lesson, you will learn about the way scientists build consensus, deal with uncertainty, determine correlation vs. causation, present evidence and conclusions, and the language of science.

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

    • understand program goals, requirements, and the rules of engagement.
    • identify the components of the scientific process.
    • differentiate between what science can and can't say.
    • evaluate assumptions and their importance to interpretations/conclusions (general and specific, related to data).

    1: Process of Science is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Marcellus Matters via source content that was edited to conform to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.

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