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Vocab Section 3

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scientific method the series of steps followed to solve problems, collect data formulate a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis and stating conclusions
observation the process of obtaining information by using the five senses
hypothesis in science, an idea or explanation that is based on observations and can be tested
prediction a statement made in advance that expresses the results that will be obtained from testing a hypothesis; if the hypothesis is supported; the expected outcome of the hypothesis is correct
experiment a procedure that is carried out under controlled conditions to discover, demonstrate or test a fact, theory of general truth
control group in an experiment, a group that serves as a standard of comparison with another group to which the control group is identical except for one factor
experimental group in an experiment, a group that is identical to a control group except for one factor that is compared to the control group
independent variable in an experiment, a factor that is deliberately manipulated, also called the manipulated variable
dependent variable in an experiment, the variable that changes as a result of manipulation or one or more other factors, also called the responding variable
theory an explanation for some pnenomenoms that is based off of observation, experimentation, and reasoning, that is supported by a large quantity of evidence and does not conflict with any experimental results or observations
peer review the process in which experts in a given field examine the results and conclusions of a scientist's study before the study is accepted for publication
Created by: hoffmand19