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The Open University

Basic science: understanding experiments

The Open University via OpenLearn

Overview

This free course, Basic science: understanding experiments, introduces you to science-based skills through simple and exciting physics, chemistry and biology experiments.

Syllabus

  • Week1Week 1: Water content of everyday goods
  • Introduction
  • 1.1 Keeping a study journal
  • 1.2 Introducing the experiment
  • 1.3 Drawing graphs
  • 1.4 Experiment 1: Potato experiment
  • 1.4.1 What's in your graph?
  • 1.4.2 Why does it matter?
  • 1.5 Experiment 2: Cucumbers and osmosis
  • 1.5.1 Sharing your results
  • 1.5.2 Osmosis explained
  • 1.5.3 Why does it matter?
  • 1.6 Week 1 quiz
  • 1.7 Week 1 summary
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week2Week 2: Unique properties of water
  • Introduction
  • 2.1 Experiment 3: Ice tray experiment
  • 2.1.1 The experiment
  • 2.1.2 Discussing your results
  • 2.1.3 Ice tray experiment explained
  • 2.2 What if ice was denser than water?
  • 2.3 Week 2 quiz
  • 2.4 Week 2 summary
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week3Week 3: Sugar, yeast and life
  • Introduction
  • 3.1 Experiment 4: Yeast experiment
  • 3.1.1 The experiment
  • 3.1.2 What were your results?
  • 3.1.3 Yeast experiment explained
  • 3.2 Altering variables
  • 3.3 Yeast – who needs it?
  • 3.4 Week 3 quiz
  • 3.5 Week 3 summary
  • Acknowledgements
  • Week4Week 4: DNA
  • Introduction
  • 4.1 Experiment 5: Kiwi experiment
  • 4.1.1 The experiment
  • 4.1.2 What were your results?
  • 4.2 Why does it matter?
  • 4.3 Week 4 quiz
  • 4.3 The beginning of your scientific career
  • Acknowledgements

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