New York State Chemistry RegentsNew York State Earth Science Regents

Laboratory Skills: Scientific Inquiry and Techniqu
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Correct Answer: (4) not enough information is given to determine whether the organism is a plant or an animal

Most plants are green, but an animal like a frog (e.g. Rana clamitans) is also green. Aside from that, a single-celled chlorophyte like Phacus is also green in color. Therefore, color is not sufficient information to conclude the type of organism.

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Correct Answer: (2) A hypothesis may lead to further investigation even if it is disproved by the experiment.

A hypothesis is an explanation for a question or a problem that can be formally tested by experimentation. The results of the experiment will help the scientist draw a conclusion abut whether or not the hypothesis is correct. In case that the hypothesis is incorrect, another hypothesis can be formed which is subject for further study.

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Correct Answer: (2) This type of bacterium would grow well at pH 7.5.

Based on the graph, the optimum pH for the growth of this bacterium is 8. From the choices, the nearest pH to 8 is 7.5.

Incorrect Answers:

Not all species of bacteria grow well at the same pH level. For instance, there are acidophilic bacteria which subsist in areas with pH 2.

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The plant with the least number of hours exposed to light filed to grow in height because of the very short time of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the conversion of light energy to chemical energy that is stored in glucose or other organic compounds. There was less food produced in order for the plant to grow taller.

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The height could have been 35cm, the same as that of plants exposed to 12 and 14 hours of light. The optimum number of hours to this species of plant to grow is 12 hours. Therefore, the succeeding hours beyond this point does not contribute to the photosynthesis process.


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