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Scientific Inq.

Study Cards for Scientific Inquiry Quiz

hypothesis A possible explanation for a set of observations or answer to a scientific question.
variables Factors that can change in an experiment.
communicating The sharing of ideas and experimental findings with others.
scientific theory A statement that describes what scientists expect to happen every time under a particular set of conditions.
data Facts, figures, and other evidence gathered through observations.
responding variable The factor that may change in response to the manipulated variable.
controlled experiment an experiment in which only one variable is manipulated at a time.
Scientific Inquiry This process refers to the diverse ways in which scientists study the natural world and propose explanations based on the evidence they gather.
scientific law A well-tested explanation for a wide range of observations or experimental results.
operational definition A statement that describes how to measure a particular variable or define a particular term.
manipulated variable The one variable that is purposely changed to test a hypothesis.
observing Using one of more or your senses to gather information.
quantitative observations Observations that deal with a number, or amount.
qualitative observations Observations that deal with descriptions that cannot be expressed in numbers.
inferring Explaining or interpreting things you observe.
predicting Making a forecast or what will happen in the future based on experience or evidence.
making models Creating representations of complex objects or processes.
classifying The process or grouping together of items that are alike in some way.
science A way of learning about the natural world.
skepticism An attitude of doubt.
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