What is Science?

Science can be a rather broad term that goes beyond the way that was intended here.  While math is sometimes considered a part of science, in our view it is more the language of the physical and applied sciences.  Based on observation and testing, the Scientific Method has stretched Science into the social sciences and even Philosophy which is not the first thing most people think of when they hear the word Science.

We generally think of the Physical Sciences, Physics and Chemistry, and all of their variations. As well as the less mathematical Life Sciences, Biology and Anatomy which start with more memorization than mathematics but do get a bit more complex the farther you go.  And of course the applied sciences are based on the application of the Physical Sciences giving us engineering and its infinite vatations.   After all even the garbage man is a sanitation engineer, and we laugh but have you looked at the technology involved with handling a city’s worth of trash?

Math and science have a very strong relationship and have influenced each other over the centuries. It was Newton’s interest in the stars that resulted in his discovery of calculus. While there are many branches of science, the primary ones encountered in high school are physics, chemistry, and biology, and as a result those are the ones that I will be addressing here.

If you have a specific question relating to science, even if it’s not one of the three covered here, you can ask a question on the home page, and we will attempt to answer it as soon as possible. However, to the right you will see some graphics, and if you want to find out more about one of the three main branches, just click on the graphic, and you will be taken to the page that covers the subject.