Organizing Information - Science Examples

Some scientists study what happened in the past. Scientists like to break up time into different periods just as historians do. Historians break down time according to what they know of what humans were doing. Scientists break down time according to what animals and other life on the planet where doing.

By breaking down our past into chronological order, scientists add a structure for making sense of the past. They use this approach so they can take all of the complicated things that have happened over a billion years and chunk it up into smaller manageable pieces that have some things in common. So using chronological order as an organizing device makes their job of discovering and uncovering facts more manageable. This organizing technique helps bring things into focus. It takes a lot of complex things and makes them simpler.

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1)
Which of the following lists the mesozoic periods of the dinosaur in chronological order?
Triassic, Cretaceous and Jurassic
Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous
Cretaceous, Jurassic, Triassic
None of the above
 
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How about ordering by location? Which of these lists correctly orders the planets in their position from the Sun?
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto
Mercury, Mars, Earth, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, Pluto
None of the above
 

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