Thinking in Causation – Level 7 – Scale Mechanisms in Complex Systems

Thinking Slides:
The Wonder of Science:

In this video Paul Andersen shows conceptual thinking in a mini-lesson on scale mechanisms within complex systems. Two examples are included in the video and two additional examples are included in the linked thinking slides.

Cause and effect relationships – one event that gives rise to another event
Complex systems – a system composed of multiple interacting components; shows emergence
Scale mechanisms – small processes underlying a complex system

This progression is based on the Crosscutting Concept elements from the NRC document A Framework for K-12 Science Education. “Cause and effect relationships can be suggested and predicted for complex natural and human-designed systems by examining what is known about smaller scale mechanisms within the system.”