Science Skills Check List: Specific Math Skills and Measurements for Physical Science Class
For this class you need to master these skills in order to be successful.
- Have memorized the metric prefixes between milli and kilo.
- Know how to convert easily between these prefixes. Example 4.22 kg = __ g.
______ Scientific Notation:
- Know how to put numbers into proper Scientific Notation, how to take them out of Scientific Notation.
- Know how to convert numbers in Scientific Notation to different powers of ten.
- Know how to multiply and divide numbers in Scientific Notation without taking them out of scientific Notation and without using a calculator.
- Know how to add and subtract numbers in Scientific Notation without taking them out of scientific Notation and without using a calculator.
- Know the definition of Significant Figures and know what type of quantities they are used with.
- Know how to count the amount of significant figures in a measurement.
- Know how to use Significant Figures rounding rules in multiplication and division calculations.
- Know how to use Significant Figures rounding rules in addition and subtraction calculations.
______Measuring Tools: Measure precisely with these tools to the certainty of the instrument, plus an estimate.
- Triple Beam Balance--Know the precision, how to zero the balance, and read the amounts.
- Graduated Cylinders – Know the precision and how to read the different sizes and precisions of graduated cylinders we have in class.
- Vernier Caliper--Know the precision, how to use the Vernier scale, and how to read the caliper in metric units.
- Meter Stick and Ruler—Know all the metric units on the meter sticks and rulers and how to read precise measurements.
- Know how to construct a clear and effective graphical representation of data.
- Know how to label each axis with the quantities and units, and how to title the graph clearly and effectively.
- Know the three basic types of graphs: (Line, Bar, and Pie) and what types of data each graph are best at representing.