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scientific method

vocab on scientific method

qualitative observation an observation that deals with characteristics that are not expressed in numbers
quantitative observation an observation that deals with a number or amount
inferring the process of making an inference, an interpretation based on observations and prior knowledge
chemistry the study of the properties of matter and how matter changes
physics the study of matter and energy and how they interact
science a way of learning about the natural world through observations and logical reasoning; leads to a body of knowledge
predicting the process of forecasting what will happen in the future based on past experience or evidence
observing the process of using one or more of your senses to gather information
scientific inquiry the ongoing process of discovery in science
variable a factor that can change in an experiment
independent (manipulated) variable a variable that is intentionally changed to observe its effect on the dependent variable.
dependent (responding) variable the event studied and expected to change when the independent variable is changed.
controlled experiment an experiment in which only one variable is manipulated at a time
scientific law a statement that describes what scientists 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
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