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theory/thinking

Scientific theory and Thinking like a scientist

TermDefinition
Observing Using one or more of your senses to gather information
Quantitative Observations deal with a number, or amount
Qualitative Observations descriptions that can't be expressed in numbers
Inferring When you explain or interpret the things you observe
Predicting Making a forecast of what will happen in the future based on past experience or evidence
Classifying the process of grouping together items that are alike in some way
Making Models Creating representations of complex objects or processes
Science is a way of learning about the natural world
Skepticism open-mindedness should always be balanced by a skepticism
Scientific Inquiry The diverse ways in which scientists study the natural world and propose explanations based on evidence they gather
Hypothesis A possible explanation for the set of observations or answer to a scientific question
Variable All the factors that can change in an experiment
Manipulated Variable Purposely changed to test a hypothesis
Responding Variable The factor that may change in response to the manipulated variable
Controlled experiment An experiment in which only one variable is manipulated at a time
Operational Definition a statement that describes how to measure a particular variable or define a particular term
Data facts, figures, and other evidence gathered through observations
Communicating The sharing of idea and experimental findings with others through writing and speaking
Created by: harderl01