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Sci. Ch. 1 Vocab.

Science The knowledge obtained by observing natural events and conditions in order to discover facts and formulate laws or principles that can be verified or tested
Variable A factor that changes in an experiment in order to test a hypothesis
Technology The application of science for practical purposes
Scientific Theory A system of ideas that EXPLAINS many related observations and is supported by a large body of evidence acquired through scientific investigation
Natural Science Science that tries to understand how "nature" or "the whole universe" behaves
Independent Variable A variable you can manipulate
Social Science Deals with individual and group human behavior
Critical Thinking Asking questions, making observations, and using logic to approach problems
Hypothesis A possible answer you can test, used in an experiment, before you do the test
Dependent Variable The variable in an experiment that you observe and measure
Scientific Law A DESCRIPTIVE statement or equation that reliably predicts events under certain conditions
Data The results of observing or an experiment
Controlled Variable Variables that are held constant so they do not influence the outcome of the experiment
Model A representation of an object or event that can be studied to understand the real object or event
Created by: archergirl