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1 Educational Goals Chapter 1 Lecture Notes: Science and Measurements 1. Explain, compare, and contrast the terms scientific method, hypothesis, and experiment. 2. Compare and contrast scientific theory and scientific law. 3. Define the terms matter and energy. Describe the three phases (states) of matter and the two forms of energy. 4. Describe and give examples of physical properties and physical change. 5. Perform unit conversion calculations. 6. Express and interpret numbers in scientific (exponential) notation. 7. Explain the difference between the terms accurate and precise. 8. Know and use the rules for significant figures. Given a value, determine the number of significant figures. Use the correct number of significant figures to report the results of calculations involving measured quantities. Science is a for gaining knowledge and understanding of reality. It produces generalizations with value. The Scientific Method There are two ways to do science: scientific theory and scientific law. It is important to note that both methods are used to acquire predictive power and both begin with Scientific Theory Other words for theory are or. Scientific theory uses models/explanations to make sense of observables. Often, a first guess at a model is proposed. The first guess is called a. The hypothesis can usually be tested by experiment or additional observations. If the hypothesis continues to be validated by experiment or new observations, it becomes. In the healthcare field, another word for theory or model is. Scientific Law A scientific law is simply a about something that generally occurs. Note that in using scientific law, explanation (model) is given. Scientific law can be contrasted with scientific theory that involves proposing a model or explanation for what is observed. 1

2 Chemistry Chemistry is the study of matter and how it interacts with other and/or. Matter and Energy Matter is anything that has and occupies. We can describe matter in terms of, those characteristics that can be determined without changing it into a different substance. Example: Sugar is white, tastes sweet, and can be crushed into powder. Crushing sugar does not change sugar into something else. Matter can also be described in terms of its properties. Chemical properties of substances describe how they are converted to new substances in processes called chemical reactions. Example: Carmalization of sugar Matter is typically found in one of three different physical (sometimes called ). Example: Ice Example: water Example: steam Changing the phase of matter, converting matter between solid, liquid, and gas is considered a physical change because the identity does not change. Examples of phase changes are: melting, boiling water to make steam, and melting an iron rod. Energy Energy is commonly defined as the ability to do. Energy can be found in two forms, energy and energy. Potential energy is energy; it has the potential to do work. An example of potential energy is water stored in a dam. If a valve is opened, the water will flow downhill and turn a paddle connected to a generator to create electricity. Kinetic energy is the energy of. Any time matter is moving, it has kinetic energy. An important law that is central to understanding nature is: matter will exist in the lowest possible energy state. Another way to say this is if matter can lose energy, it will always do so. 2

3 Understanding Check: Kinetic Energy vs. Potential Energy Which are mainly examples of potential energy and which are mainly examples of kinetic energy? a) A mountain climber sits at the top of a peak. b) A mountain climber rappels down a cliff. c) A hamburger sits on a plate. d) A nurse inflates a blood pressure cuff. Units of Measurements Measurements consist of two parts a and a. Scientific Notation and Metric Prefixes Scientific Notation When making measurements, particularly in science and in the health sciences, there are many times when you must deal with very large or very small numbers. Example: a typical red blood cell has a diameter of about m. In (exponential notation) this diameter is written 7.5 x 10-6 m. Values expressed in scientific notation are written as a number between and multiplied by a power of 10. The superscripted number to the right of the ten is called an exponent. An exponent with a positive value tells you how many times to multiply a number by x 10 4 = 3.5 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 = An exponent with a negative value tells you how many times to divide a number by 10. 3

4 Converting from Regular Notation to Scientific 1) Move the decimal point to the right of the first (right-most) non-zero number The exponent will be equal to the number of decimal places moved. 2) When you move the decimal point to the left, the exponent is positive. 3) When you move the decimal point to the right, the exponent is negative. Understanding Check: Convert each number into scientific notation. a) b) 144 c) d) Converting from Scientific Notation to Regular Notation You just learned how to convert from regular numerical notation to scientific notation. Now let s do the reverse; convert from scientific notation to regular notation. Step 1: Note the value of the exponent. Step 2: The value of the exponent will tell you which direction and how many places to move the decimal point. If the value of the exponent is positive, remove the power of ten and move the decimal point that value of places to the right. If the value of the exponent is negative, remove the power of ten and move the decimal point that value of places to the left. Example: Convert 3.7 x 10 5 into regular notation. Step 1: Note the value of the exponent: The exponent is positive 5. Step 2: The value of the exponent will tell you which direction and how many places to move the decimal point. If the value of the exponent is positive, remove the power of ten and move the decimal point that value of places to the right. o We will move the decimal point 5 places to the right. When the decimal point is not shown in a number, as in our answer, it is assumed to be after the rightmost digit. 4

5 Let s do another example: Convert x 10-3 into regular notation. Step 1: Note the value of the exponent: The exponent is negative 3. Step 2: The value of the exponent will tell you which direction and how many places to move the decimal point. If the value of the exponent is negative, remove the power of ten and move the decimal point that value of places to the left. o We will move the decimal point 3 places to the left. or Understanding Check: Convert the following numbers into regular notation. a) x 10 2 b) x 10-3 c) 2.34 x 10 6 d) x 10-5 Measurements and Significant Figures There are three important factors to consider when making measurements: 1) accuracy 2) precision 3) significant figures is related to how close a measured value is to a true value. Example: Suppose that a patient s temperature is taken twice and values of 98 F and 102 F are obtained. If the patient s true temperature is 103 F, the second measurement is more accurate. is a measure of reproducibility. Example: Suppose that a patient s temperature is taken three times and values of 98 F, 99 F, and 97 F are obtained. Another set of temperature measurements gives 90 F, 100 F, and 96 F. The values in the first set of measurements are closer to one another, so they are more precise than the second set. The quality of the equipment used to make a measurement is one factor in obtaining accurate and precise results. The ability of the human operator to correctly use the measuring device is another factor. 5

6 Significant Figures One way to include information on the of a measured value (or a value that is calculated using measured values) is to report the value using the correct number of significant figures. The precision of a measured value can be determined by the -most decimal place reported. The names and precision of the decimal places for the number are shown below: A simple way to understand significant figures is to say that a digit is significant if we are of its value. Method for Counting Significant Figures Measured and calculated values should be reported using significant figures. We can look at a numerical value and determine the number of significant figures as follows: If the decimal point is, starting from the left, count all numbers (including zeros) beginning with the first non zero number. If the decimal point is, starting from the right, count all numbers (including zeros) beginning with the first non zero number. When numbers are given in scientific notation, do not consider the power of 10, only the value before " x 10 n." Example: If the botanist reported the age of the tree as 500 years, how many significant figures are given? Note that although the decimal point is implied to be after the right-most zero, it is absent (not shown explicitly), therefore we use the decimal point absent rule shown above; if the decimal point is absent, starting from the right, count all numbers (including zeros) beginning with the first non zero number. We will start inspecting each digit from right (to left) as shown by the arrow. We will start counting when we get to the first non zero number. 500 We do not count the first two zeros, but start counting at the 5. Therefore, there is one significant figure present. Example: If the botanist reported the age of the tree as 500. years (note the decimal point present), how many significant figures are given? Note that in this case, the decimal point is present (shown), therefore we use the decimal point present rule shown above; if the decimal point is present, starting from the left, count all numbers (including zeros) beginning with the first non zero number. We will start inspecting each digit from left to right as shown by the arrow. We will start counting when we get to the first non zero number We begin with the 5, then count all numbers including zeros. In this case, the two zeros are also significant. Therefore there are three significant figures present. 6

7 Outside of the science fields, 500 and 500. are generally thought of as equivalent, however, the use of significant figures tells us that when we write 500. (with the decimal point present) we know that number one hundred times more precisely than when we write 500 (without the decimal point). We have precision to the ones decimal place in 500. vs. precision to the hundreds place in 500. Here are some other examples: Example: How many significant figures are contained in ? Note that in this case, the decimal point is present (shown). We will start inspecting each digit from left to right as shown by the arrow. We will start counting when we get to the first non zero number We begin with the 4, then count all numbers including zeros. Therefore there are two significant figures present. Example: How many significant figures are contained in ? Note that in this case, the decimal point is present (shown). We will start inspecting each digit from left to right as shown by the arrow. We will start counting when we get to the first non zero number We begin with the 2, then count all numbers including zeros. Therefore there are four significant figures present. Example: How many significant figures are contained in 7080? If the decimal point is absent, starting from the right, count all numbers (including zeros) beginning with the first non zero number. We will start inspecting each digit from right (to left) as shown by the arrow. We will start counting when we get to the first non zero number We do not count the first zero, but start counting at the 8, and then count all numbers (including zeros). Therefore, there are three significant figures present. Understanding Check: Specify the number of significant figures in each of the values below. a) 23.5 f) b) g) c) 6.70 h) d) i) 0.62 e) 6200 j) 930 Significant Figures in Scientific Notation When numbers are given in scientific notation, do not consider the power of 10, only the value before x 10 n. Examples: How many significant figures are contained in each of the values shown below? 7

8 When converting back and forth from standard numerical notation to scientific notation, the number of significant figures used should not change. Understanding Check: Write each measured value in scientific notation, being sure to use the correct number of significant figures. a) 5047 b) c) d) Calculations Involving Significant Figures When doing with measured values, the answer should have the same number of significant figures as the measured value with the least number of significant figures. When doing with measured values, the answer should have the same precision as the least precise measurement (value) used in the calculation. Example for Multiplication or Division: When doing multiplication or division with measured values, the answer should have the same number of significant figures as the measured value with the least number of significant figures. Example: If an object has a mass of grams and a volume of 7.9 ml, what is its density? Example for Addition or Subtraction: When doing addition or subtraction with measured values, the answer should have the same precision as the least precise measurement (number) used in the calculation. Example: A book mm thick, a box mm thick and a piece of paper mm thick are stacked on top of each other. What is the height of the stack? 8

9 Understanding Check: Each of the numbers below is measured. Solve the calculations and give the correct number of significant figures. a) 0.12 x 1.77 b) c) d) Unit Conversions Typical Unit Conversion Problems: A package weighs 3.50 kg (kilograms), what is the weight in lbs. (pounds) A student is 60.0 inches tall, what is the student s height in cm? The temperature in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is 30 o C, what is the temperature in o F? To convert from one unit to another, we must know the between the two units of measure. Examples: A package weighs 3.50 kg (kilograms), what is the weight in lbs. (pounds) 1kg = 2.20 lb A student is 60.0 inches tall, what is the student s height in cm? 1 inch = 2.54 cm Unit Relationships to Know: 1 milliliter (ml) = 1 cubic centimeter (cm 3 ) 1 inch (in) = 2.54 centimeters (cm) 1 kilogram (kg) = 2.02 pounds (lb) Joule (J) = 1 calorie (cal) The relationships between units are called. Unit Conversion Calculations: The Factor Label Method A package weighs 3.50 kg (kilograms), what is the weight in lbs. (pounds)? Equivalence statement: 1kg = 2.20 lb Equivalence statements can be written as. Take notes here: 9

10 Some conversion factors have an number of significant figures. (defined or agreed upon) conversion factors have an infinite number of significant figures. Examples of exact/defined conversion factors 1 lb = kg 1 inch = 2.54 cm 1 cg = 10-2 g 1 ft = 12 inches 1 ml = 1cm 3 A student is 60.0 inches tall, what is the student s height in cm? Equivalence statement: 1 inch = 2.54 cm Take notes here: Understanding Check: 1) How many ft. (feet) in in. (inches)? - 1 ft = 12 inches 2) How many eggs in 7.5 dozen? - 12 eggs = 1 dozen 3) How many calories in 514 joules? - 1 calorie = joules 10

11 Sometimes it takes more than one step! Example: How many seconds in 33.0 hours? Take notes here: Take notes here: Now you try a two-step conversion: How many inches in 5.5 meters given that: 1 inch = 2.54 cm 100 cm = 1 m Metric Prefixes Earlier, we used scientific notation to simplify working with very large or very small numbers. Another way to simplify working with large or small numbers is to use metric. Example: The volume of blood required for diabetics to measure blood glucose levels in modern glucometers is about L. It is much more practical to use and say: The metric prefix tells the fraction or multiple of the base unit(s). For example, 1 x 10 6 µl = 1 L The base unit can be metric unit: liter (L), gram (g), meter (m), joule (J), second (s), calorie (cal) etc. 11

12 Unit Conversions Within The Metric System Example: The volume of blood required to measure blood glucose levels in modern glucometers is about L. Question: How can we convert that to µl? Answer: We need the relationship between L and µl to get the conversion factor. We will use the Equality Table : All these quantities in the table are equal; any pair can be used as a conversion factor!!! Example: What is the relationship between L (microliters) and liters (L)? Equivalence statement: 1 L = 1 x 10 6 µl This table works for any units! The could be gram (g), meter (m), liter (L), joule (J), second (s), mole (mol), calorie (cal) etc. Understanding Check: Find the relationships between the following: L = ml kg = mg nm = m cm = mm 12

13 Example: How many µl (microliters) in L? Equivalence statement: 1 L = 1 x 10 6 µl Take notes here: You try one: How many ml (milliliters) in (kl) kiloliters? Equivalence statement: ml = kl You try another one: A vial contains 9758 mg of blood serum. Convert this into grams (g). Equivalence statement: g = mg 13

14 Temperature Unit Conversions Note: The , 32, and 1.8 in the temperature conversion equations are exact. When doing a calculation that involves only multiplication and/or division, you can do the entire calculation then round the answer to the correct number of significant figures at the end. The same is true for a calculation that involves only addition and/or subtraction. But what about a calculation that involves mixed operations: both multiplication or division and addition or subtraction? When doing calculations that involve both multiplication or division and addition or subtraction, first do a calculation for the operation shown in parenthesis and round that value to the correct number of significant figures, then use the rounded number to carry out the next operation. Example: On a warm summer day, the temperature reaches 85 F. What is this temperature in C? The relationship between o F and o C is: First, we do the subtraction (operation in parenthesis) and round the calculated value to the correct number of significant figures based on the rule for addition/subtraction. Next, we divide that rounded number by 1.8 (exactly 1.8 = ) then round the calculated value to the correct number of significant figures using the rule for multiplication/division. Take notes here: 14

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