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Unit 1 6th Grade

Building a Better Scientist

TermDefinition
science way of learning about the natural world
observation using one or more of your senses to identify or learn about something
inference conclusion formed from available information or evidence
controlled experiment scientific investigation that involves changing one factor and observing its effects on another factor while keeping all other factors constant
model a representation of an object or event that is used as a tool for understanding the natural world
independent variable variable that is changed in a controlled experiment; manipulated variable
dependent variable variable that is being measured
constant unchanged variables
scientific theory attempt to explain a pattern observed repeatedly in the natural world
scientific law a rule that describes a pattern in nature
technology practical use of science, or applied science; how humans adapt nature to meet their needs and wants
scientific method series of steps that scientists use when conducting an investigation
hypothesis possible answer or prediction that can be tested
data information gathered during an investigation
quantitative data data that can be measured
qualitative data data that cannot be measured
description summary of observations
explanation interpretation of observations; how or why something occurred
precision how close repeated measurements are to each other
consistency the ability to repeat a task with little variation
mean average; sum of the numbers in a data set divided by the number of entries in the data set
median middle number in a data set when data is arranged in numerical order
range difference between the highest and lowest values in a data set
Created by: SSmith01