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Scientific Inquiry

Observing Using your five senses to gather information about the world around you.
Qualitative Observations Think of QUALITY - observations made using your five senses.
Quantitative Think of quantity - Observations that are based on measurments.
Inferences To explain or interpret an observation using previous experience.
Predictions Making an inference about a FUTURE event based on evidence or past experience.
The X axis Also known as the horizontal axis on a graph.
The Y axis Also known as the vertical axis on a graph.
Independent Variable The one variable that is purposely changed in the test by the investigator during an experiment.
Controlled Variable The variables that are kept the same or constant in an experiment.
Dependent Variable The variables that is a result of the independent variable. (you find out at the END)
Uncontrolled Variable Something you did not anticipate or think would happen OR an human error.
Hypothesis An educated guess or prediction that must be testable. (includes if and then)
Data Table A way to organize data into two columns with independent variable always on the left and dependent variable always on the right.
Line Graph A type of graph that is used when data takes place over time, such as population changes or a person's growth.
Bar Graph A graph that is used for descriptive data, such as car colors. (comparing/contrasting data)
Increments When numbering a graph, the numbers you choose are called increments
Range The numbers that are between the highest and lowest numbers in the data set.
Metric System The system of measurements that is used by all Scientists. (based on the number 10, so it is easy to convert units)
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