ACT Science 1.1 Research Summary Passage

ACT Science: Research Summary Passage Drill 1, Problem 1. What is the method used by the scientists in this experiment?

ACT ScienceResearch Summary Passage
ChemistryBiochemistry
LanguageEnglish Language
Product TypeACT Science
Scientific ProcessesInvestigations

Transcript

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This question seems pretty simple. It’s just asking us what the scientists did,

00:48

so let’s take them one by one. Option A:

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Protein gel electrophoresis <<uh-leck-troh-FOR-uh-siss>>.

00:54

This is a technique to analyze proteins in a fluid.

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It’s also not mentioned anywhere at all in the passage.

01:00

So, nice try, test people.

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Option B: The waggle dance.

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While we don’t know what the scientists do in their free time,

01:07

we know that it was the BEES-- not the scientists--

01:10

who did the waggle dance during this study. It’s not B.

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Option C: Chromatography.

01:15

This sounds more likely, and indeed, the passage states

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“the scientists generated a chromatogram <<cro-MAT-uh-gram>>.”

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Sounds like we hit the bullseye. Let’s make sure.

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Option D.

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Option D is honey extraction.

01:28

Hmm, maybe they did that afterwards, but it certainly wasn’t part of the study.

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So C’s our answer, as in ‘Can you hand me some ointment?’

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Careful of those stingers.