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Nature of Science vo

Science A way of learning about the Natural world. Often involves the "relentless" testing and retesting of conclusions
Hypothesis A possible (and testable) explanation to a scientific question. Has low predictive value. Often expressed as an "if-then" statement
Theory A well-tested explanation to a scientific question. Has high predictive value
Law A very well tested explanation to a scientific question. Has very high predicitive value, and describes what scientists expect to happen every time
Observation the process of using one or more of the five senses to gather information about the world.
Inference an interpretation of an observation based on evidence and prior knowledge.
Research finding out what others have already learned about your scientidic questions.
Variables the factors that can change during an experiment.
Independent Variable the factor that the scientist changes during an experiment. Also called the manipulated variable.
Dependent Variable the factor that changes as a result of changes to the manipulated variable in an experiment. Also called the responding variable.
Controlled Variable the factors that you want to reamain constant (unchanged) during an experiment.
Data the observations and measurements you make during an experiment.
Conclusion a statement that sums up what you learned during an experiment.
Bar Graph a good way to display data when your manipulated (independent) variable is distinct (that is there are no other points between the ones you tested.)
Dry Mix an acronym for remebering which variables are graphed onto which axes. (Dependent, responding on Y and manipulated, independent on X)
Created by: sshatch
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