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Natural Science - Year II

Unit 65: Summing it all up

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Homework for Unit 65

This Unit's Homework Page History Lecture Science Lecture Lab Parents' Notes

Homework for Unit 65: The Future of Science (and Review)

Reading due before our discussion:

History Web Lecture: History Review

Science Web Lecture: Science Review


Chat Preparation Essay

Log into the Moodle, click on the Natural Science II course link, and then on the forum link for Unit 65. Post your definition to the forum. Read any other posted definitions.

Propose an area of research you think is important. Explain why society should spend resources investigating this area, and how you would fund the research. Would your proposal run into opposition in the scientific community? Would it run into cultural, ethical or religious opposition from other groups?

Final Examination


This examination is open book. You may use any resources at your disposal. Your examination is due on the date specified in the last section of the Moodle.

You must write three essays. They should be of "substantial length" -- that is, at least 500 words each (although you may find you have much more to say). They must be in your own words, and should reflect your own thoughts about each topic. This is not a research project!

  1. Select two of the people "bullets" (may include more than one person) on the history review list. Write an essay that:
    • briefly summarizes the contribution of each to a major field of science.
    • discusses how the theory of one depend on the work of the other.
  2. Select one of the theories on the science review list. Write a "lecture" that explains the theory and its implications for a general audience. You may reference pictures as you need to in order to make the theory clear. Your lecture should also include a summary of the evidence for the theory, and whether it encountered opposition before it became generally accepted.
  3. We started out with the question: "What is science?" Here's your last chance to give a definition, but in addition to giving a definition, select one of the areas we studied (but NOT the one you chose for essay #2), and explain how it fits your definition of science. Be sure to consider both the subject matter content of the science (are there subjects that cannot be considered part of this "science") and the methods used (must all data be derived by direct observation?).