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Scientific Method Vocab

TermDefinition
Science a way of learning about the natural world and the knowledge gained through that process.
Scientific Inquiry the diverse ways in which scientists explore problems and seek to answer questions about the natural world.
Observation using all 5 senses to gather information.
Inference an interpretation based on observation and prior knowledge
Hypothesis a possible explanation for a set of observations or an answer to a scientific question.
Controlled experiment an experiment in which all factors except one are kept constant.
Variable any factor that can change in an experiment
Manipulated variable the one factor that a scientist changes during an experiment; also called the independent variable.
Responding variable the factor that changes as a result of changes made by the manipulated variable in an experiment; also called the dependent variable.
Data the facts, figures and other evidence gained through observation.
Scientific theory a well-tested concept that explains a wide range of observations.
Created by: Aiden_E