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Scientific Method

How scientists do experiments, and the skills they use.

observing the process of using one or more of your senses to gather information
qualitative observation An observation that describes what is observed using words. It describes characteristics that cannot be expressed with numbers.
inferring the process of making an interpretation based on observations & prior knowledge
predicting the process of forecasting what will happen in the future based on past experience or evidence
classifying the process of grouping together like items in some way
making models process of creating representations of complex objects or processes
scientific method process scientists use to find answers to questions
hypothesis an educated guess, often an "if-then" statement, must be testable
variable factor that might change an experiment
independent variable (IV) The ONE factor during an experiment that a scientist changes
dependent variable (responding variable) (DV) the factor that changes as a result of changes to the independent variable
data facts, figures,information, and other evidence gathered through observations
control group or control a part of an experiment left in the "natural or normal state"
levels of the independent variable the SPECIFIC AMOUNTS of the independent variable that are changed in an experiment
inference a conclusion based on observations and prior experience
Created by: RonHuff