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Scientific inquiry The ongoing process of discovery in science; the diverse ways in which scientists study the natural world and purpose explanations based on evidence they gather.
Hypothesis A possible explanation for a set of observations or answer to a scientific question; must be testable
Perimeter A factor that can be measured in an experiment
Manipulated Variable The one factor that a scientist changes during an experiment; also called independent variable
Responding Variable The factor that change 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
Data Facts, figures, and other evidence gathered through observations
Communicating The process of sharing ideas with others through writing and speaking
Model Physical, mental, visual, and other representations of an idea to help people understand a concept that they cannot observe directly
Scientific Theory A well tested explanation for a wide range of observations or experimental results
Scientific Law A statement that describes what scientists expect to happen every time under a particular set of conditions
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