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Scientific Method

Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Observation Gaining information by using one or more of your senses: hear, taste, sight, touch, smell.
Hypothesis An educated guess of the cause of a problem. Must be testable.
Experiment What you conduct in order to test your hypothesis.
Control Group The part(s) of the experiment that are used for comparison.
Independent Variable Manipulated variable- What you physically change in the experiment
Dependent Variable Responding variable – The part of the experiment that changes as a result of what you changed.
DRY MIX The Dependent (D) variable or Responding variable is found on the Y-axis of a graph. The Manipulated (M) variable or the Independent (I) variable is found on the X-axis of a graph.
Fact An observation that is repeatedly confirmed
Theory A set of related hypotheses that have been tested and confirmed many times by many scientists.
Law Is a descriptive generalization about how some aspect of the natural world behaves under stated circumstances. Laws can be altered with new information and observations.
The Theory of Spontaneous Generation A theory that stated: Living organisms could be derived from nonliving material.
Qualitative Data Data in the form of words.
Quantitative Data Data in the form of numbers.
Created by: jphokie05