Agronomy and Horticulture Department

 

Title

Biodegradable Mulch, Analyzing Research Articles and Statistical Data

Date of this Version

2022

Document Type

Article

Citation

Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary (PASSeL) Lesson

Abstract

Learn to read and interpret scientific peer-reviewed articles and how they are structured. Next dive into some biodegradable mulch data where you will visualize and answer questions that will adjust your thinking to think like a scientist. After analyzing data we will next go into the realm of statistical data and learn how to calculate standard deviation and standard error.

Objectives:

  • Understand how academic articles are structured
  • Demonstrate the ability to find information in an academic article efficiently
  • Analyze and describe the steps involved in Dr. Wortman's biodegradable mulch experiment.
  • Compare standard deviation and standard error
  • Evaluate why standard deviation was important for the mulch decomposition data
  • Calculate the average, standard deviation and standard error in Excel
  • Create a bar graph in Excel with error bars included of the mulch decomposition data
  • Apply the results of the experiment to determine which biodegradable alternative performed best in trials.

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