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Nature of Science

Thinking like a scientist

TermDefinition
Accurate correct in all details, exact
Analyze Using data and to look at the parts and study the information
Conclusion A statement that tells what an investigation showed based on observations and data
Constant Something that is kept the same throughout an experiment
Control Group A group in a scientific experiment that is a comparison to the experimental group; a group that is not being tested on
Data Measurements or observations collected and recorded in an experiment or investigation
Experiment When scientists test a hypothesis using two groups and one test variable is changed and all other variables are controlled or kept constant
Inference An explanation based on evidence that is not directly observed. You use your own information and what you observe.
Investigation When a scientist asks a question, makes observations, and draws conclusions
Model Used when something is difficult to study in real life to make it easier for other to see. For example something too big, too small, too far, or takes a long time to study.
Observation Information about the natural world gathered using the five senses or instruments to collect information
Predict To tell what you think will happen in the future
Technology A method, a tool, or a machine used to solve problems
Testable A scientific question that can be answered through an experiment or observation
Trials More than one set of measurements or observations in a scientific investigation, usually at least 3 sets
Valid When data can be trusted
Variable An item that can be controlled, changed, or measured in an experiment
Controlled Variable Something that is kept the same throughout an experiment
Hypothesis An educated guess made during an investigation that also tells you why you made that guess
Independant Variable The thing changed in the experiment. (ex. different liquids added to the plant)
Dependant Variable The thing measured in the experiment. (ex. amount of growth in inches)
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