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Scientific Meth

Scientific Method

TermDefinition
science a way of learning about the natural world
observing using one or more of your senses to gather information
quantitative observations deal with a number or amount
qualitative observations deal with descriptions that cannot be expressed in numbers
inferring explain or interpret the things your observe
predicting making a forecast of what will happen in the future based on past experience or evidence
classifying the process of grouping together items that are alike in some way
models representation of a complex object or process that cannot be observed directly (like the solar system)
hypothesis a possible explanation for a set of observations or answer to a scientific question
controlled experiement experiment in which only one variable is manipulated at a time
manipulated variable also called independent variable - one variable that is changed
responding variable also called dependent variable - the factor that may change in response to manipulated (independent) variable
operational definition statement that describes how to measure a variable or define a term
data the facts, figures and other evidence gathered through observations
skepticism an attitude of doubt
technology anything that improves the way people live
engineer a person trained to use both technological and scientific knowledge to solve practical problems
Created by: carlocrew