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Scientific Investigation and Technology

How does technology enhance and/or limit scientific investigation?

Inquiry Question

Overview

  • Design a practical investigation that uses available technologies to measure both the independent and dependent variables that produce quantitative data to measure the effect of changes of, including but not limited to:
    • Temperature on reaction rate
    • Temperature on volume of gas
    • Speed on distance travelled
    • Pressure on volume of gas
  • Conduct the practical investigation to obtain relevant data and evaluate the limitations of the technologies used
  • Investigate the range of measuring devices used in the practical investigation and assess the likelihood of random and systematic errors and the devices’ degree of accuracy
  • Using specific examples, compare the accuracy of analogue and digital technologies in making observations
  • Assess the safety of technologies selected for the practical investigation by using chemical safety data and Work Health and Safety guidelines as appropriate