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Scientific Inquiry

Bias is an inclination to present or hold a partial perspective at the expense of (possibly equally valid) alternatives. Anything biased generally is one-sided, and therefore lacks a neutral point of view. Bias can come in many forms.
Data Facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis.
Hypothesis A supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation.
Inference A conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning.
Observation The action or process of observing something or someone carefully or in order to gain information.
Constant Occurring continuously over a period of time.
Evidence The available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid.
Conclusion The end or finish of an event or process.
Control The power to influence or direct people's behavior or the course of events.
Dependent Variable A variable (often denoted by y) whose value depends on that of another.
Experiment A scientific procedure undertaken to make a discovery, test a hypothesis, or demonstrate a known fact.
Independent Variable A variable (often denoted by x) whose variation does not depend on that of another.
Model A three-dimensional representation of a person or thing or of a proposed structure, typically on a smaller scale than the original.
Scientific Method a method of research in which a problem is identified, relevant data are gathered, a hypothesis is formulated from these data, and the hypothesis is empirically tested.
Created by: FMagana