Introduction: Diffendoofer Day 

We created this book to help you as a college student and future professional to both learn science and to consider what future citizens need to know in order to be scientifically literate members of society. This book is divided into seven parts:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Space Science
  • Earth Science
  • Climate Science
  • Course Materials and Pedagogy

Within each part, the material is broken down into smaller chapters. Here you will find written explanations, video links, glossary terms, key takeaways, and practice quizzes to help you understand the material. This book is designed to be a flexible resource; use it as much or as little as you need throughout the course.

Look for these boxes throughout:

Important definitions

These boxes define key terms and ideas, and they include example of how these terms/ideas are used in everyday life.

K-6 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

These boxes identify related standards from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Key Takeaways

These boxes summarize the most central ideas from each chapter.


As Ted likes to say, science is everywhere and it is everything.



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