UMUC Biology, First Assignment help
1: Introduction to Science
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Exercise 1: Data
oxygen is oxygen that is trapped in a fluid, such as water. Since many living
organism requires oxygen to survive, it is a necessary component of water
systems such as streams, lakes and rivers in order to support aquatic life. The
dissolved oxygen is measured in units of ppm (parts per million). Examine the
data in Table 4 showing the amount of dissolved oxygen present and the number
of fish observed in the body of water the sample was taken from; finally,
answer the questions below.
patterns do you observe based on the information in Table 4?
a hypothesis relating to the amount of dissolved oxygen measured in the water
sample and the number of fish observed in the body of water.
would your experimental approach be to test this hypothesis?
would be the independent and dependent variables?
would be your control?
type of graph would be appropriate for this data set? Why?
the data from Table 4: Water Quality vs. Fish Population (found at the
beginning of this exercise).
the data from the graph made in Question 7.
Exercise 2: Experimental
Determine the variables tested in the each of the following
experiments. If applicable, determine and identify any positive or negative
study is being done to test the effects of habitat space on the size of fish
populations. Different sized aquariums are set up with six goldfish in each
one. Over a period of six months, the fish are fed the same type and amount of
food. The aquariums are equally maintained and cleaned throughout the
experiment. The temperature of the water is kept constant. At the end of the
experiment the number of surviving fish is surveyed.
determine if the type of agar affects bacterial growth, a scientist cultures E.
coli on four different types of agar. Five petri dishes are set up to
with nutrient agar and E. coli
with mannitol-salt agar and E. coli
with MacConkey agar and E. coli
with LB agar and E. coli
with nutrient agar but NO E. coli
All of the petri dishes received the same volume of agar,
and were the same shape and size. During the experiment, the temperature at
which the petri dishes were stored, and at the air quality remained the same.
After one week the amount of bacterial growth was measured.
3: Testable Observations
Determine which of the following observations (1-6) are
testable. For those that are testable answer the following questions:
Determine if the observation is qualitative or
Write a hypothesis and null hypothesis
What would be your experimental approach?
What are the dependent and independent
What are your controls – both positive and
How will you collect your data?
How will you present your data (charts, graphs,
How will you analyze your data?
plant grows three inches faster per day when placed on a window sill than it
does when placed on a on a coffee table in the middle of the living room.
teller at the bank with brown hair and brown eyes is taller than the other
Sally eats healthy foods, her blood pressure is 10 points lower than when she
eats unhealthy foods.
Italian restaurant across the street closes at 9 pm but the one two blocks away
closes at 10 pm.
the past two days, the clouds have come out at 3 pm and it has started raining
at 3:15 pm.
6. George did not sleep at all the night following the
start of daylight savings.
Exercise 4: Conversion
For each of the following, convert each value
into the designated units.
mg = _______ kg
hours = ________ seconds
cm = ________ inches
4. 47 °C
= _______ °F