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Scientific Inquiry

Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Qualitative measurement where words are used to describe changes
Quantitative measurement where numbers are used to measure changes
Inference act of deriving logical conclusions from premises known or assumed to be true
Deduction the act of understanding something based on evidence
Scientific law 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
manipulated variable changed on purpose in the experiment
responding variable one that is observed in the experiment
inquire and inquiry to ask for information
variable any factor, trait, or condition that can exist in differing amounts or types
constants stays the same
control level something you compare everything else to
trials how many times you do an experiment
problem question the experimenter tries to answer
investigation another way to describe an experiment
purpose reason why the experiment is done
hypothesis an educated guess as to the outcome of the experiment
data information recorded during an experiment often in the form of facts, figures, and observations
observations gathered using our five senses, seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and feeling.
result outcome of the experiment
evidence proof
truth what evidence tries to prove
interpretation meaning or the importance of the results of an experiment.
conclusion results and summary of an experiment based on the data that is gathered.
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