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Scientific Processes

Observe To notice things around us using one or more of our senses.
Qualitative Observation An observation that describes what something looks, smells, tastes, sounds, or feels like.
Quantitative Observation An observation that provides some type of measurement or comparison.
Communicating Sending or receiving information.
Classify Use observations to group objects or events according to how they are similar or different.
Measure Compare something to standard or nonstandard units. Length, mass, and time are the basic units of measurements.
Infer Draw conclusions based on prior knowledge about things we observe.
Hypothesis A prediction about what will happen. Written as a statement.
Fair Test A test in which only one variable is changed or tested.
Independent variable The one thing that is changed or tested by the student doing the investigation. What "I" change.
Dependent variable The response to the variable that is changed by the student. The result that is measured.
Controlled variables The things that stay the same during an investigation.
Unit of measurement The standard unit used to record measurements. Examples are grams, milliliters, centimeters, degrees, hours.
Science safety Guidelines to follow during science investigations in order to be safe.
Scientific Method Steps that all scientist go through when completing an investigation. Question, Hypothesis, Experimentation, Data/Results, Conclusion.
Repeated trials The experiment should be repeated at least 3 times to ensure that the data collected is reliable or accurate.
Bar Graph A graph that is a visual display for comparing quantities.
Line Graph A graph that is useful in displaying data or information that changes continuously over time.
Pie Chart A graph that is used to compare parts of a whole. Usually shown in percentages.
Pictograph A graph that shows data using images. Each image stands for a certain number of things.
Created by: ediehagler