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scientific Method

Vocabulary used in scientific inquiry

TermDefinition
observing using one or more senses to gather information
inferring uses what is observed and what is know to try to explain why something happened
Physics the study of matter and energy and how they interact
chemistry is the study of the properties of matter and how matter changes
Qualitative observations descriptions that doesn't involve numbers; use 5 senses
Quantitative observation measurements like the measurement of weights and height
physical science the study of matter,energy, and the changes they undergo
scientific inquiry it is the ongoing process of discovery in science
variable factors that can change in an experiment
independent variable the variable that is expected to change in the experiment
dependent variable the variable that responds to the change of the independent variable
controlled experiment An investigation in which all variables except one remain the same
scientific law a statement that describes what scientist expect to happen every time under a particular set of conditions
scientific theory a well tested explanation for a wide range of observations or experimental results
Created by: mercer tyler