Acquiring a Scientific Vocabulary: A Short Course for Building Lexical Literacy for Advancing AP and College Students

Acquiring a Scientific Vocabulary: A Short Course for Building Lexical Literacy for Advancing AP and College Students

by Anthony M. Belmont


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A short course specifically designed for high school AP science students and college freshmen or sophomores in any science courses to provide an understanding of how scientific terminology is composed and to give students a "ballpark" knowledge of terms they see for the first time.

It is extremely important that students be able recognize and use words in their specialized fields correctly. A basic knowledge of Latin and Greek prefixes, roots, and suffixes will enhance the student's ability to read and understand technically focused writing in books, scholarly journals, magazines, and other media. They can benefit from mastering the building blocks of scientific and technical terminology to strengthen their vocabulary and enhance their reading comprehension. High School students taking AP courses and college students may find this book particularly helpful as they strive to master new material. With the information which they memorize they will be able to understand the basic meanings of unfamiliar words they encounter, especially within context, without having to look them up in a dictionary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627347327
Publication date: 06/15/2019
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Dr. Anthony M. Belmont, Emeritus Professor of English, Southern Arkansas University. Received a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Arkansas and taught English Literature, Philosophy, and Composition for 38 years, Taught Technical Writing to upper-division science and business students.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Review of Spelling Rules 9

Plurals, Possessives, Hyphens 15

Pronunciation Rules 21

Forming Plurals of Scientific Nouns 27

Combining Affixes and Root Words 31

Commonly Used Abbreviations and Symbols 37

Combining Prefixes, Roots, and Suffixes

Lesson 1 Numerical Prefixes and Roots

Pertaining to Animal Parts 41

Lesson 2 Parts of Speech Review, Prefixes Denoting

Position and/or Order, Roots – Body Parts 57

Lesson 3 Animal and Vegetable Substances 75

Lesson 4 Roots Denoting Body Parts, Chemical Suffixes 87

Lesson 5 Roots Denoting Colors 99

Lesson 6 Roots Denoting Habitats 107

A Glossary of Word Roots and Combining Forms 115

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