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Mr. Vaughan's Unit 1

Unit 1 - The Nature of Science

TermDefinition
EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE THE OBSERVATIONS, MEASUREMENTS, AND OTHER TYPES OF DATA THAT PEOPLE GATHER AND TEST TO SUPPORT AND EVALUATE SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATIONS
THEORY A SYSTEM OF IDEAS THAT EXPLAINS MANY RELATED OBSERVATIONS AND IS SUPPORTED BY A LARGE BODY OF EVIDENCE ACQUIRED THROUGH SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATIONS
LAW A DESCRIPTIVE STATEMENT OR EQUATION THAT RELIABLY PREDICTS EVENTS UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS
EXPERIMENT AN ORGANIZED PROCEDURE TO STUDY SOMETHING UNDER CONTROLLED CONDITIONS
OBSERVATION THE PROCESS OF OBTAINING INFORMATION BY USING THE SENSES
HYPOTHESIS A TESTABLE IDEA OR EXPLANATION THAT LEADS TO SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION
INDEPENDENT VARIABLE THE FACTOR THAT IS DELIBERATELY MANIPULATED OR CHANGED IN A SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION OR EXPERIMENT
DEPENDENT VARIABLE THE FACTOR THAT CHANGES AS A RESULT OF MANIPULATING (CHANGING) ONE OR MORE INDEPENDENT VARIABLES
DATA INFORMATION GATHERED BY OBSERVATION OR EXPERIMENTATION THAT CAN BE USED IN CALCULATING OR REASONING
MODEL A PATTERN, PLAN, REPRESENTATION, OR DESCRIPTION DESIGNED TO SHOW THE STRUCTURE OF WORKINGS OF AN OBJECT, SYSTEM, OR CONCEPT
SIMULATION A METHOD THAT IS USED TO STUDY AND ANALYZE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF AN ACTUAL OR THEORETICAL SYSTEM
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