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Scientific Inquiry

6th grade terms & definitions

The X Axis Also known as the horizontal axis on a graph
The Y Axis Also known as the vertical axis on a graph
Independent Variable The one variable that is purposely changed in the test by the investigator during an experiment
Controlled Variable The variables that are kept the same or constant in an experiment
Quantitative Observation Think quantity - Observations that are based on measurements
Observing Using your five senses to gather information about the world around you
Inferenced To explain or interpret an observation using previous experience
Qualitative Observations Think of Quality - observations made using your five senses
Predictions Making an inference about a future event based on current evidence or past evidence
Dependent Variable The variable that is a result of an independent variable (you find out at the END)
Uncontrolled Variable Something you did not anticipate or think would happen OR a human error
Hypothesis An educated guess or prediction that must be testable
Bar Graph A graph that is used for descriptive data, such as car colors(comparing/contrasting data)
Data Table A way to organize data into two columns with independent variable always on the left and dependent variable always on the right
Increments When numbering a graph, the numbers you choose are called increments
Line graph A type of graph that is used when data take place over time, such as population changes or a person's growth
Range The numbers that are between the highest and lowest numbers in the data set
Metric system The system of measurements that is used by all scientists (Based on the number 10, so it is easy to convert units)
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