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Umbrellaology

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Overview:
Based on a classic philosophical exercise (Somerville, 1941), students are asked to read a letter that describes detailed data collected on umbrellas. Their task is to determine whether or not umbrellaology represents science.

Author/Source:
Johnston, Adam

Grade:
College

Discipline:
Nature and Process of Science

Time:
30 minutes plus

Concepts:
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • What is science?

  • How science works

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