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Scientific Inquiry 1

Scientific Inquiry

TermDefinition
science a way of learning about the natural world
observing using one or more of your senses to gather data
quantitative observation an observation involving numbers or amounts
qualitative observation an observation involving descriptions that can not be expressed in numbers
inferring explaining or interpreting the things you observe
predicting making a statement about what will happen in the future, based on your evidence
classifying the grouping together of items that are alike in some way
evaluating involves comparing observations and data to reach a conclusion
making models creating a representation of complex objects and processes
hypothesis a possible answer to a scientific question
variables factors that can change an experiment
dependent variable changes in response to other factors
independent variable something I change
control stays the same
trial test to assess outcome or performance
data facts, figures and other evidence collected or observed
scientific theory well-tested explanation for a wide range of observations and experiments
scientific law statement that describes what scientists expect to happen every time, under a particular set of conditions
Created by: kmsew