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Fundamentals of General Science

Improve your science skills and learn how to properly conduct experiments in a laboratory, with this free course.

General Science
Free Course
This free online science course will teach you how to set up and conduct scientific experiments, form hypotheses, and draw conclusions. You will also be taught how to make proper use of laboratory equipment such as the Bunsen burner and test tubes, and taught how to heat liquids. Science is the process of observation and analysis. Start this free online course and familiarise yourself with the scientific method today.
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This course will begin by discussing the scientific method of observation and the inferences that can be drawn from these observations. You will then analyze experiments using soil, mold, sunlight, and fertilizer to better understand. This will give you a much stronger understanding of how the scientific method works. This course will also discuss hypothesis testing, variables, and experimental design.

You will then study important safety rules and regulations for working in laboratories. You will learn the proper way to heat a liquid, mix substances, and use the Bunsen burner. You will then learn that chemicals may give off fumes and vapors, particularly when they are heated, so it is important not to directly inhale these fumes as they may be poisonous or make you feel light-headed or sick.

Upon completing this course, you will be able to effectively work within a science laboratory and analyse results from an experiment. You will have gained a good knowledge of scientific experiments, including how to design experiments, create hypothesis testing, repeat experiments, and reach a conclusion. You will also have learned about the Piltdown Man hoax. So, check out the course today and start learning the core principles of the scientific method in no time at all!

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will be able to effectively observe in a science laboratory and form your opinion on an experiment. You will gain a good knowledge of scientific experiments, including how to design experiments, create hypothesis testing, repeat experiments and reach a conclusion. You will learn about The Piltdown Man. This course will provide you with the essential safety methods that need to be considered in a laboratory when using test tubes, heating liquids and mixing substances. You will be able to effectively use a Bunsen burner.


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