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Language of Physics

TEKS 2A-C, G, I & 3E

TermDefinition
Science the use of evidence to construct testable explanations and predictions of natural phenomena, and the knowledge gained from this process
Hypothesis An idea or explanation that can be tested through experimentation
Theory Well established and highly reliable explanation of the natural world repeatedly confirmed though independent testing
Scientific Notation a way of writing very large or very small numbers using a number between 1 and 10 multiplied by a power of ten
SI Units most widely used system of measurement comprised of 7 base units and prefixes that correspond to powers of 10
Valid how well a scientific test measured what it set out to measure
Reliable degree of consistency of a measure
Testable able to be tested or tried
Variable Any item, factor, or condition that can be controlled or changed; three types independent, dependent and controlled (constant)
Manipulate Isolating variables in equations
Conclusion A summary of the results of an experiment
Predict A guess about what might happen based on observation and inference
Accuracy the closeness of a measurement to the correct value
Precision the closeness of multiple measurements to each other
Created by: kstuller