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POP-NOS Chapter 1

Chapter 1 Vocabulary

critical thinking comparing what you already know with the information you are given in order to decide whether you agree with it
hypothesis possible explanation for an observation that can be tested by scientific investigations
inference logical explanation that is drawn from prior knowledge or experience
observation act of using one or more of your senses to gather information and taking note of what occurs
prediction statement of what will happen next in a sequence of events
science investigation and exploration of natural events and of the new information that results from these investigations
scientific law rule that describes a pattern in nature
scientific theory explanation of observations or events that is based on knowledge gained from many observations and investigations
technology practical use of scientific knowledge, especially for industrial or commercial use
description spoken or written summary of observations
explanation interpretation of observations
International System of Units (SI) internationally accepted system for measurement
significant digits number of digits in a measurement that you know with a certain degree of reliability
dependent variable factor that you want to observe or measure during an experiment
independent variable factor that you want to test that is changed by the investigator to observe how it affects a dependent variable
variable any factor that can have more than one variable
Created by: nvalentich9