Days of Thunder
The Fugitive (1993)
Concept featured in clip: Observations and Inferences
Location of clip: DVD: 50:27-53:18


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Summary of clip: In this clip, Richard makes a call from Chicago to his lawyer. The lawyer tells Richard to turn himself in but he refuses. When asked where he is, Richard replies St. Louis. The US Marshalls have the lawyer's phone tapped and record their entire conversation. As they listen to the tape, they make numerous observations and make inferences from those observations.
Connection of flickclip to the concept: Making ovservations and inferences is a very important part in science. It is important for students to understand the differences between these two scientific terms, and how they are used in science.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students:

a. What is an observation? How do you use observations in everyday life?

b. What is an inference? What types of inferences do you make every day?

c. What are some observations the Marshalls made while listening to the tape?

d. What are some inferences they made throughout the clip?

e. Why do you think observations and inferences are so important in science?

f. What are some examples of observations scientists make and inferences that they make from those observations?

2. This activity could be followed by the "Tracks Lab" where students recieve three different snapshots of tracks and at each stage, small groups make observations and inferences using snapshots.