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CPO Physical Science


Objective Evidence Observations of something that definitely happened; observation that can be proven. Example the sun is hot.
Scientific Evidence Data that is objective; it can be measured; data that can be organized. We use the metric system when we gather it.
Natural Laws Laws of physics. Governs how things work. Used to collect scientific evidence. What everyone thinks; principles accepted by all
Scientific Method A process of learning that begins with generating a hypothesis and progresses to prove or change the hypothesis by comparing it with scientific evidence.
Queen Irene found the rain cold. Steps in the scientific method. Question, research, form hypothesis, test hypothesis, record and study data, draw conclusions.
Learning through inquiry learning by asking questions, answering, and then asking more questions
Inquiry A process of learning; learn by seeking answers to questions
Repeatable experiment An experiment that can be conducted again. Conditions and variables must remain the same.
Hypothesis Educated guess; based on research or prior knowledge
Theory An idea or scientific explanation that is supported by evidence over a long period of time but cannot be proven.
Natural Law A proven statement. The set of rules that are obeyed by every detail of everything that occurs in the universe
deduce To figure something out from known facts using logical thinking.
Untrue Hypothesis A hypothesis that was proven to be incorrect; experimenter can go back and change hypothesis and repeat experiment
Conversion Factors Allows you to compare two or more things by converting to a common unit. Example changing millimeters to centimeters when comparing two measurements; finding common denominator or equivalent fractions.
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