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Nature of Science

TermDefinition
Science Knowledge obtained from observing nature to discover facts and formulate laws that can be tested
Scientists People who do science
Experiment A careful test of the way something reacts to change
Pure Science Doing experiments to learn more about the world and not to make money
Technology The application of science for a useful purpose
Prediction An idea about what will happen in the future
Law Statement or equation that predicts events under certain conditions in nature. Describes a condition in nature that will always be TRUE IN NATURE
Theory A system of ideas that explains many observations and is supported by a lot of scientific evidence
Qualitative Statement Use words to describe observations, not numbers
Quantitative Statement Use numbers and equations to describe observations
Scientific Model Something scientists use to represent concepts that are too big or too small to study easily
Natural Science Branch of science that deals with how “nature” or the whole universe behaves
Earth Sciences Group of sciences that study space and the earth (Geology, Astronomy, Meteorology)
Physical Sciences Group of sciences that study matter and energy (Physics,Chemistry)
Biological Sciences Group of sciences that living things (Botany, Zoology, Ecology)
Created by: skellogg