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Scientific Method

TermDefinition
observation the process of obtaining information by using the senses
hypothesis an idea or explanation that is based on observations and can be tested
independent variable in an experiment, the factor that is deliberately changed by the scientist
dependent variable the factor that is observed and data that is collected during an experiment
peer review the process in which experts examine the results and conclusions of a scientist's study before it is accepted for publication
theory an explanation of some aspect of the natural world that is acquired through the scientific method and repeatedly tested and confirmed through observation and experimentation
State the Question/Observation 1st step in the scientific method
Collect Information 2nd step in the scientific method
Form a Hypothesis 3rd step in the scientific method
Test the Hypothesis 4th step in the scientific method
Record and Analyze Data 5th step in the scientific method
Draw a Conclusion Last step in the scientific method
Controlled Experiment only one variable changed be changed at a time
Quantitative data numbers obtained by counting or measuring
Qualitative data descriptions and characteristics that cannot be counted
Controlled Experiment only one variable can be changed at a time
Control Group In an experiment, the group with that shows what will happen when the experimental factor is not included
Experimental Group In an experiment, the group with the variable being tested
Created by: rbowman13