Course in Basic Science: Understanding Experiments

FutureLearn

Programme Description

Course in Basic Science: Understanding Experiments

FutureLearn

Get to grips with science, by carrying out fun experiments at home

On this practical course, you will start thinking like a scientist, by carrying out experiments at home.

You will extract the DNA from fruit, observe osmosis in action, see how different liquids behave when frozen, and bake a potato to destruction.

As you carry out these experiments, you will develop scientific skills including observation, record-keeping, data analysis and experiment control.

The course was produced with the kind support of Dangoor Education. You may also enjoy Basic Science: Understanding Numbers.

What topics will you cover?

Evaporation during heating, quantified by weight

Relationship between density and state of matter by freezing fluids

Living organisms and the requirements for life

Extraction of DNA from fruit

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Demonstrate and carry out a basis scientific experiment
  • Investigate and test any hypothesis using experimental techniques
  • Record and analyse results from your experiments
  • Discuss and share ideas with fellow students online

Who is the course for?

This course is intended for anyone with interest in making scientific observations through experimentation and does not require any previous experience of studying the subject.

The experiments do involve both hot and cold temperatures, so younger learners may need supervision. As per FutureLearn’s terms and conditions - if you are under 13, you must ask an adult to create an account using their own name and communicate in discussions on your behalf.

All of the experiments can be carried out with items you would find in a typical kitchen, but before you start, you should probably make sure you have the following:

Shopping list

  • a cucumber
  • a kiwi
  • methylated spirits (or a bottle of vodka!)
  • olive oil
  • a potato
  • salt
  • sugar
  • washing-up liquid
  • yeast
  • distilled water

Equipment list

  • cling film
  • oven gloves
  • a freezer
  • an ice cube tray
  • kitchen scales
  • a marker pen
  • a microwave or oven
  • a paper clip
  • a printer
  • a ruler
  • a vegetable peeler
  • drinking glasses
  • knife
This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated February 16, 2018
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July 23, 2018
Sept. 10, 2018
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Part time
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