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LSH PScience 1A 2014

Intro to Science part 1

Hypotheses A testable statement
Independent Variable The variable being tested
Dependent Variable The variable being measured
Science A process of answering questions
Bias Anything that affects how you understand the world
Assumption Accepting anything as true without testing
Observation Information gathered with the senses
Inference A mental judgment...an educated guess
Experiment Testing one variable against another under controlled conditions
Model Anything that represents something else
Variable Anything that can change and affect results
Scientific Law A statement that predicts some natural behavior with 100% accuracy
Scientific Theory An attempt to explain the evidence