Basic science: understanding numbers
Basic science: understanding numbers

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Basic science: understanding numbers

4.7 Congratulations – you’re a scientist!

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Well done for completing this four-week course on understanding numbers! Over the past four weeks you’ve looked at how scientists:

  • communicate with each other
  • calculate area, volume and density and what this means for the Greenland ice sheet
  • present numbers using significant figures, decimal places, fractions and percentages
  • use different types of averages, draw and interpret graphs and find correlations in data.

If you would like to take your study of science further, why not take the sister course, Basic science: understanding experiments [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] . It will help you think like a scientist by carrying out experiments at home and making your own observations.

We’ve also created an area to enable you to take your study of numbers in science further.

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