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Scientific Method

Vocabulary

TermDefinition
The three branches of science Earth, Life, and Physical
Observation gathering information using our senses
Inference explanation for an observation
Quantitative Things that can be measured (deals with numbers)
Qualitative Things that can be observed (description)
Hypothesis a possible explanation for an observation that can be tested (If, Then)
Prediction a statement of what will happen next
Steps for the Scientific Method Observe, Problem, Hypothesis, Experiment, Analyze Data, Conclusion, Communicate
Scientific Theory an explanation of observations
Scientific Law a rule that describes a pattern in nature
Independent Variable the factor that you want to test; what is changed
Dependent Variable the factor you observe or measure during an experiment ; what is observed
Control Variable the factor that remains the same and never changes
Science way of learning about the natural world
Scientific Method refers to the many ways in which scientist study the natural world and propose explanations based on gathered evidence
Posing Question problem or question about an observation
Controlled Experiment a test of a hypothesis under conditions established by the scientist
Data facts, figures, and other evidence gathered through observations
Created by: stella54