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What is science?

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Key TermsDefinition
Science A way of learning about the natural world.
Science Inquiry The many ways in which scientists stud the world around them.
Observation Involves using one or more of your senses to gather information.
Inference an interpretation based on observations and prior knowledge.
Hypothesis a possible explanation for a set of observations or to answer a scientific question.
Variables All the factors that could affect the outcome of the experiment.
Controlled Experiment An experiment in which there is only one manipulated variable and all the others are kept constant.
Data Facts, figures, and other evidence collected in an experiment.
Scientific Law a statement that describes what scientists expect to happen every time under a particular set of conditions.
Scientific Theory a well-tested scientific concept that explains a wide range of observations.
Created by: tavakoliv