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textbook definitons

scientific method an organized approach to learn how the natural world works
prediction a statement that forecasts what would happen in a test situation if the hypothesis were true
observation the act of perceiving a natural occurrence that causes someone to pose a question
experiment used to test the hypothesis and its predictions
hypothesis a purposed explanation for the way a particular aspect of the natural world functions
control group provides a normal standard against which the biologist can compare results of the experimental group
experimental group identical to the control group except for one factor, the independent variable
independent variable the "manipulated variable"
dependent variable "responding variable"
theory a hypothesis that can be confirmed true many times and can explain a large amount of data
peer review scientists who are experts in a field anonymously read and critique that research paper
Created by: taylorwagner