CHM 1020                                                     Name: _________________

Project #1: The Scientific Method – Chapter 1 Suchocki 5th

Movie Film - Andromeda Strain Film Notes:

Step 1: The Question must be defined:

"You don't understand a phenomenon which has occurred"

In your 2-4 page paper to be handed in the term, you should define the question in your first or second paragraph. What happened in the film to setup a major problem?

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Step 2: How did the government/scientists respond to the question

using the code word “fire” and  "Wildfire" in your third paragraph.

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Step 3: After the team was assembled, they entered a facility to investigate the problem. Describe as many controls the facility had to eliminate the variables which would contaminate the problem solving process. This could be a couple of paragraphs.

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What was the odd-man hypothesis?

Step 4: Once in the facility, the team met and decided an approach to solve the problem. They decided on three paths that had to be taken to define the problem before they could come up with a solution and split the team in three parts. In your next paragraph(s) describe the three approaches to defining the problem.

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Step 5: Describe in your next paragraphs what testing the various teams did to isolate the problem to find the solution.

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Of course this is Hollywood, and a last minute replacement scientist had a medical problem which interfered in the lab testing, what was this medical problem and what happened.

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Also, the unit was out of communication with the world outside, because of another problem. What was that problem?

Early Film Note:

The President of the United States was supposed to execute an order right after a biological contamination event occurs. What was the name of this order and what was suppose to happen when a "wildfire" occurs in this country.

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The President delayed that order for 24-48 hours after the initial event at the protests of the scientists. What comment could you make about this dilemma and his delay tactics.

Also there were two survivors of this Wildfire, a crying baby and the town drunk, while everyone else dies. Were all the others killed instantly and did this give the scientists another clue to their mystery?

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Step 6: What hypothesis did they finally conclude?

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Since you are a chemistry student, please explain the solution which deals with pH and explains the why two survivors lived. Read sections 14.7 and 14.8 about pH. Then research body acidosis and alkalosis in the relation to the blood pH. What is normal for the humans? Where the survivors normal?
Please include a couple of paragraphs explaining these principles of pH as applied to the body.

Step 7: Your summary, conclusions or comment should be your final paragraph including the value or no value learned from this exercise.

Also you could include in your comments suggestions for better controls or things that just didn't make sense in their scientific process in the film. I can think of two or three.

Hoillywood needed a climax in the film, if you were the medical doctor what would have done?

I hope all of you who chose to watch the film enjoy this exercise.