Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Getting Started in Science

Science is a field in which you will need not only to learn the language, but utilize your math skills to support chemical measurements. You will also need to utilize critical thinking skills to apply scientific concepts and laws to estimate your answer and determine if your answer is reasonable. Most students who say they struggle in science have problems with these three following areas.


Firstly, you will need to be able to solve one step, two step, and three step equations. For those who struggle in math, tutoring is recommended until you can solve for unknown values easily. I will run through example problems in class, but I do not spend a lot of class time teaching math skills. There is tutoring available two days a week in the science department, and four days a week in the math department.

Secondly, you MUST know the metric prefixes. The SI system is used worldwide in scientific measurements. You must know the prefix, the abbreviation, and the numerical value. You must also be able to convert between these accurately. Miscalculating metric conversions in real-life jobs can cause bridges to fail, or kill a patient.



Lastly, you will need to know the symbols and names of the elements. (Except for Physics students) I am working with the Navy to get you a copy of the periodic table for your use. There are many you can download for free on the internet also.