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# Scientific Method

TermDefinition
Dependent Variable The variable in an experiment that is measured.
Mass A balance measures this quantitative observation.
Line Graph A graph that is used when data has bee taken over time.
Hypothesis An educated guess about how one variable will affect another.
Purpose or Question The first step in the scientific method.
Control Variable The variable in an experiment that stays the same or is not changed.
Length A meter stick measures this quantitative observation.
Bar Graph A graph that is used to display descriptive data.
Independent Variable The variable in an experiment that is changed.
The 5 senses Qualitative observations are based on these.
Quantitative Observation An observation that is based on a measurement and contains numbers.
Temperature A thermometer measures this qualitative measurement.
Liters Metric unit that measures liquid.
Meters Metric unit that measures length.
Grams Metric unit that measure mass.
graduated cylinder and beaker Instruments that measure liquids.
Data Table An easy way to organize data.
Conclusion A factual summary of data.
Qualitative Observation Observations based on our five senses.
Research The step in the scientific method after asking a question.
Hypothesis The step in the scientific method after doing research.
Perform the Experiment The step in the scientific method after stating a hypothesis.
Collect Data What is done while performing an experiment.
Graph the Data What is done with data after completing an experiment.
Write a Conclusion The last step in the scientific method that gives you a chance to tell what you learned from doing the experiment.
Procedures Step by step instructions on how to complete an experiment.
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