Reliability, Accuracy and Precision

Scientific results should be reliable, accurate, and precise, but what is the difference between the three? The first video in a series of 29 uses the metaphor of dart throwing to explain these three key terms in scientific experimental results. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Create additional practice problems relating reliability, accuracy, and precision to experimental results
  • Bring in a magnetic or foam dart board and have class members determine their own personal reliability, accuracy, and precision
Classroom Considerations
  • Prior knowledge of finding a mean would be helpful, but is not required
  • Utilizes many graphs and graphics to support visual learners
  • Video focuses on only these concepts, preventing scholars from becoming overwhelmed
  • None
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