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Basic science: understanding experiments
Basic science: understanding experiments

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1.7 Week 1 summary

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Congratulations, you have completed Week 1 and carried out two different science experiments. You should be starting to get a taste for practical science and sharing data; hopefully you have learned some new things too!

During the week you have covered scientific techniques such as making precise measurements, recording data and observations, plotting graphs, and interpreting results. These are all essential skills for a scientist and you will use them throughout this course.

We hope that you have enjoyed this first week and you should now be ready to tackle Week 2, where you will investigate some properties of different liquids.

To conduct next week’s experiment, you will need:

  • an ice cube tray
  • fresh water
  • salt water (approximately 2 tablespoons of salt added to 500 ml of water)
  • olive oil
  • another liquid of your choice – be creative here, but avoid substances which might be hazardous!
  • four glasses
  • your activity booklet [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]
  • a freezer.

You can now go to Week 2.