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Science

TermDefinition
Question About the world around you
Hypothesis a possible answer to a question
Experiment test a hypothesis
Parameters factors that can be measured
Data facts, figures, and other info gathered from experiments
Conclusion is the hypothesis right/wrong
Communicating sharing your results
Model a physical, visual, mental, and or other representation to help people understand a concept they cannot observe directly
Scientific Theory a well tested explanation of observation
Scientific Law something scientists expect to happen every time
Science the study of the natural world
Observing using 2 or more senses to get information
Inferring an interpretation based on observations and prior knowledge
Predicting make a statement about the future
Matter has mass and takes up space
Energy work or cause change
Chemistry properties of matter and energy
Physics study of matter, energy, motion, and forces
Scientific Inquiry the ongoing process of discovery in science: the diverse ways in which scientists study the natural world and propose explanations based on evidence they gather
Manipulated Variable the one factor that a scientist changes during an experiment: also called independent variable
Responding Variable the factor that changes as a result of changes to the manipulated, or independent, variable in an experiment: also called dependent variable
Controlled Experiment an experiment in which only one variable is manipulated at a time
Qualitative Data data that only uses words instead of numbers
Quantitative Data data that only uses numbers instead of words
Graph a picture of information from a data table: shows the relationship between variables
Horizontal Axis a line that runs left to right along the bottom of the graph, on which the manipulated variable (or independent variable) is labeled
Vertical Axis a line that runs up and down along the side of a graph, on which the responding variable ( or dependent variable) is labeled
Origin the (0,0) point on a line graph: when the x-axis and y-axis cross on a graph
Coordinate a pair of numbers used to determine the position of a point on a graph
Data Point a point on a graph showing the location of a piece of data
Line of Best Fit reflects general pattern of a graph: average of data
Linear Graph a line graph in which the data points yield a straight line
Slope the steepness of a line on a graph equal to its vertical change divided by its horizontal change
Nonlinear Graph a line graph in which the data points do not fall along a straight line
Created by: Jeremy Lt