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What is Science?

Bonnie Branch 7th Grade - 1-0 - What is Science? page 4-9

observation A skill that involves using one or more of your senses-sight, hearing, touch, smell, and sometimes taste-to gather information and collect data
data The facts, figures, and other evidence gathered through observation
inference An interpretation of an observation that is based on evidence or prior knowledge, but NOT facts
hypothesis A possible explanation or prediction for a set of observations that answers a scientific question
variables Factors that can change in an experiment
manipulated variable The one variable that is changed to test a hypothesis in an experiment (sometimes called the independent variable)
responding variable The factor that changes because of the manipulated variable (sometimes called the dependent variable)
controlled experiment An experiment in which all of the variables except one remain the same or stay constant
scientific theory A well-tested concept that explains a wide variety of observations
Created by: kjanelli