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Basic Science: Understanding experiments - Taking it further

Updated Thursday 28th January 2016

Try our free course 'Understanding experiments' to get an idea of what it's like to study at the OU and start thinking like a scientist by carrying out simple physics, chemistry and biology experiments. 

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Start thinking like a scientist  by carrying out experiments at home and making scientific observations. In our free course, Basic Science: Understanding, you will develop important science-based skills including observation, record-keeping, data analysis and how to control an experiment. All you need are a few items you would find in a typical kitchen! 

Whether you are taking or want to register on this Basic Science: Understanding experiments course on Futurelearn or you would like to view a variety of related content on OpenLearn, we've got a range of articles, videos, podcasts and more free courses to support your learning and give you a wider perspective on this fascinating subject.

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