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Scientific Terms

Scientific Terms including in the Evolution unit.

Observation Made with the senses (sight, hearing, smell) and can be enhanced with the use of tools such as microscopes.
Fact A statement or piece of information that is true. Scientists determine what is true based on available evidence.
Hypothesis A testable explanation for observations and data. A good hypothesis is stated in such a way that it is clear what should be tested and measured.
Scientific Law Describes or summarizes observations, but does not explain them. A law may be int he form of a mathematical formula.
Scientific Principle A concept based on scientific laws and rules that are agreed upon by the scientific community.
Scientific Theory A explanation of a broad range of observations and provides a framework that scientists can use to analyze and make predictions about the natural world.
Inference A conclusion drawn from an observation. To infer means to 'make an inference'.
Created by: kmaddix