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mccormick Inquiry

Inquiry vocabulary

QuestionAnswer
scientific method a procedure used to solve problems and answer questions
hypothesis a possible explanation, or educated quess, that is tested with an experiment
experiment a careful, orderly test of a hypothesis
data the information gained through observations and measurements
observation using one or more of your five senses to gather information about the world
quantitative observation descriptions or observations made using a form of measurement
qualitative observation descriptions or observations made using only your five senses
inference a possible explanation for an observation
variable something in an experiment that can change
manipulated variable the variable that you purposely change and test in an experiment
independent variable another name for the manipulated variable
responding variable something in an experiment that may change as a result of the manipulated variable
dependent variable another name for the responding variable
conclusion a statement that summarizes what you learned in an experiment
Created by: smccormick