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Chapter 1 Vocabulary

TermDefinition
scientific methods procedures used to solve problems and answer questios that include stating the problem, gathering information, forming a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis with an experiment, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions
hypothesis prediction that can be tested
control standard to which the outcome of a test is compared
variable something in an experiment that can change
theory explanation of things or events based on scientific knowledge resulting from many observations and experiments
law statement about how things work in nature that seems to be true consistently
organism any living thing
cell smallest unit of an organism that can carry on life functions
homeostasis regulation of an organism's internal, life-maintaining conditions
spontaneous generation idea that living things come from nonliving things
biogenesis theory that living things come only from other living things
phylogeny evolutionary history of an organism; used today to group organisms into six kindgoms
kingdom first and largest category used to classify organisms
binomial nomenclature two-word naming system that gives all organisms their scientific name
genus first word of the two-word scientific name used to identify a group of similar species
Created by: bateskujhs