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Scientific Inquriry

Scientific Inquiry vocabulary

Observing Using your 5 senses to gather information about the world around you
Qualitative Observations Think of QUALITY- observations made using your 5 senses
Quantitative Observations Think of QUANTITY- observations that are based on measurments
Inferences To explain or interpret an observation using previous experiance
Predictions Making an inference about a FUTURE event based on current evidence or past experience
The X Axis Also known as the horizolntal axis on the graph
The Y Axis Also known as the vertical axis on the graph
Independent Variable The one variable that is purposely changed in the test by the investigator during an experiment
Controlled Variables The Variables that are kept the same or constant in an experiment
Dependent Variable The variable that is a result of the independent variable (you find out at the end)
Uncontrolled Variables Something you did not anticipate or think would happen OR a human error
Hypothosis An educated guess or prediction that must be testable IF: goes with the independent variable THEN: goes with the dependent
Data Table A way to organize data into 2 columns with independent variable always on the left and the dependent variable always on the right
Line Graph Used when data takes place over time
Bar Graph Used for descriptive data such as car colors (comparing/contrasting data)
Increments When numbering a graph, the numbers you choose are called...
Range The numbers that are in 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)
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