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Nature of Science

TermDefinition
theory well-tested explanation that unifies a broad range of observations
inquiry The search for information and explanation, often focusing on specific questions.
scientific law a rule that describes a pattern in nature
hypothesis a testable prediction
fact A statement that can be proved.
constant something that stays the same (no variables)
control group the group that does not receive the experimental treatment; used for comparison
experimental group the group in an experiment that receives the variable being tested
independent variable variable that is changed or tested
dependent variable variable that is measured; outcome
metric system a system of measurement based on the number 10
observation Information obtained through the senses.
qualitative observation deals with descriptions that cannot be expressed in numbers
quantitative observation deals with numbers or amounts
Created by: kmaddix