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Scientific Method Vocabulary

accuracy the extent to which a measured value agrees with the standard value of a quantity "hitting the target."
analyze to examine, compare,and contrast. Looking for patterns.
bias adding personal ideas or thoughts to an observation or conclusion.
classification organization of organisms into categories.
conclusion judgement formed from the results of an experiment.
control variable factor that stays the same.
dependent/response variable the factor that changes in response to another variable.
experimental data facts and observations gathered and recorded about a problem.
fact that's stated to be true.
hypothesis an educated guess or possible explanation.
independent/manipulated variable the factor that is changed by the experimenter.
inferences to conclude by reasoning from something known or assumed.
law the most accepted explanation of a concept supported by very consistent experimentation.
materials the supplies required to carry out an experiment.
mean the average set of numbers.
median arranging the numbers from least to greatest and finding the middle number.
mode the most frequently occurring number in a set
metrics measuring system used worldwide.
opinion a belief not based on certainty.
observations noting and recording facts
procedure the "steps" a scientist takes in order to complete an experiment.
qualitative obsrvation observations made by the senses
quantitative observation observations that are measured (based on numbers)
precision the degree of "exactness" to which the measurement of a quantity can be reproduced consistently.
sample size a certain portion of something
science the body of knowledge that exists about the world and the method used to obtain it
scientific investigation series of steps that scientists use to investigate problems
theory well tested hypothesis supported by a great deal of evidence
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