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Tools of Biologists

QuestionAnswer
Control The group in an experiment that is left alone (does not get the independent variable) to be used for comparison
Data Information or measurements obtained in an experiment through observation. It is also referred to as the dependent variable
Dependent variable Information or measurements obtained in an experiment through observation. It is also referred to as the data
Hypothesis A prediction that is tested using an experiment
Independent variable The part of an experiment that is done/changed on purpose
Inference A statement made using prior knowledge of a subject
Observation Gaining information using your five senses or instruments
Placebo A substance that has no therapeutic effect, used as a control in testing new drugs
Scientific method A procedure that is followed to investigate all questions which involves a hypothesis, experimentation and a conclusion based on data
Theory A well accepted body of knowledge gained through repeated experimentation
Valid Acually supporting the intended point or claim, believable
Created by: hhazzard