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Sci. Inquiry Vocab

Scientific Inquiry

the diverse ways in which scientists study the natural world and propose explanations based on the evidence they gather. scientific inquiry
a possible answer to a scientific question. It is written as an “if……then” statement. hypothesis
the process of using one or more of your senses to gather information observe
the process of grouping together items that are alike in some ways classify
all factors in an experiment that do not change are said to be controlled
the process of making an interpretation based on observations and prior knowledge. infer
an observation that deals with characteristics that cannot be expressed in numbers. qualitative abservation
an observation that deals with a number or amount quantitative obsrvation
the process of forecasting what will happen in the future based on past experience or evidence predict
the one factor that a scientist changes during and experiment; also called the independent variable manipulated variable
the factor that changes as a result of changes to the manipulated variable in an experiment; also called the dependent variable. responding variable
a statement that describes what scientists expect to happen every time under a particular set of conditions. scientific theory
a well-tested explanation for a wide range of observations or experimental results. scientific law
facts, figures, and other evidence gathered through observations. data
What is the last step in the scientific method? communicate results
What is the first step in the Scientific Method? Ask A Question
Created by: Joliefemme82