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What is Physics?
What is Physics? Physics studies the nature of Matter and Energy in the Physical World.
How do scientists develop knowledge? Natural Phenomena are explained through THEORIES!
Scientific Method Tool for developing possible explanations to problems.
Scientific Method 1. 2. Identify the problem Make a hypothesis Educated Guess 3. Experimentation Test your Hypothesis 4. Analysis of results Reject Hypothesis or Continue Testing
THEORIES A THEORY is a hypothesis that has survived testing! A strong theory is one that: n Has survived the test of time! n Is supported by evidence! n Will make predictions for future research!
Why study Physics? Technology is the application of Science leads to new Technologies which in turn leads to new Sciences!
Benefits Versus Concerns of Scientific Research n When Studying Physical Science: n You cannot always predict what benefits will be discovered n Practical uses of technology often take years to perfect n Ethical considerations are frequently part of studying physical science
Mathematics and Physics Mathematics is the language of Physics and all sciences. n Mathematics is used to strengthen theories that are difficult to test. n Theoretical Physicists make mathematical predictions to explain evidence or direct their research. n