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Science Vocab

science the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.
observing an act or instance of viewing or noting a fact or occurrence for some scientific or other special purpose.
inferring deduce or conclude (information) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements.
chemistry the branch of science that deals with the identification of the substances of which matter is composed.
physics the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy.
scientific inquiry the activities through which students develop knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, as well as an understanding of how scientists study the natural world
hypothesis an idea or explanation that you then test through study and experimentation
parameter measure
manipulated variable The thing that is changed on purpose
responding variable the one that is observed and likely changes in response to the independent variable.
controlled experiment a test where the person conducting the test only changes one variable at a time in order to isolate the results
qualitative data anything that can be expressed as a number, or quantified
quantitative data any kind of data that can be measured numerically
communicating public communication presenting science-related topics to non-experts
model A systematic description of an object or phenomenon that shares important characteristics with the object or phenomenon
scientific theory a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experimen
scientific law a statement based on repeated experimental observations that describes some aspects of the universe.
graph a diagram representing a system of connections or interrelations among two or more things by a number of distinctive dots, lines, bars, etc.
horizontal axis a graph or two- or three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system along which the x-coordinate is measured
vertical axis a graph or two- or three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system along which the y-coordinate is measured
origin the zero at the bottom left corner of a graph
coordinate to place in the same rank
data point any single fact
line of best fit a straight line drawn through the center of a group of data points plotted on a scatter plot
linear graph a pictorial rendition of data in which specific values of a function are plotted as dots on a coordinate plane
slope to incline away from a relatively straight surface or line used as a reference
nonlinear graph a graph with no points plotted
predicting an educated guess
data facts or pieces of information
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