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University of Toronto Scarborough
Environmental Science
Lisa Tutty

Chapter 1- Introduction to Earth Science Earth Science and the Earth System • Earth science is the study of Earth and the processes that shape it What is Science? • Science is a process of discovery, a way of thinking about the world around us • Earth scientists combine their basic knowledge of facts and concepts with technical skills to explore Earth and solve its mysteries Doing Science • Scientists use observations to form testable hypotheses • There are four basic principles to remember when conducting a scientific investigation • Scientific method: a systematic approach to answering questions about the natural world • Scientists use observations to shape ideas known as hypotheses: a testable explanation of facts or observations o Valid scientific observations are empirical: they can be measured and confirmed by others o Hypotheses can be made and tested using two basic procedures: inductiv
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