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Intro to Science

scientific inquiry the ongoing process of discovery in science; the diverse ways in which scientists study the natural world and propose explanations based on evidence they gather
science a way of learning about the natural world and the knowledge gained through the process
inferring the process of making an inference, an interpretation based on observations and prior knowledge
predicting the process of forecasting what will happen based on past experience or evidence
observing the process of using one or more of your senses to gather information
classifying the process of grouping things based on their similarities
qualitative observation an observation that deals with characteristics that cannot be expressed in numbers
quantitative observation an observation that deals with a number or amount
variable a factor that can change in an experiment
scientific theory a well-tested explanation for a wide range of observations or experimental results
scientific law a statement that describes what scientists expect to happen every time under a particular set of conditions
hypothesis a possible explanation for a set of observations or answer to a scientific question
data facts, figures, and other evidence gathered through observations
communicating the process of sharing ideas with others through writing and speaking
manipulated variable the one factor that a scientist changes during an experiment
responding variable the factor that changes as a result of changes to the manipulated, or independent, variable
controlled experiment an experiment in which only one variable is manipulated at a time
technology how people modify the world around them to meet their needs or to solve practical problems
Created by: Mrs. Gordon