Science Vocabulary Inquiry
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Scientific MethodThe method of finding out more about the world using several steps: observations, hypotheses, designing experiments, gathering data, and drawing conclusions.
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Research ThesisA question that requires investigation to find the truth; could research others' work or conduct own experiment
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HypothesisAn Educated Guess: A temporary prediction that can be tested about how a scientific investigation or experiment will turn out.
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ObservationThe careful watching of someone or something. Observations help you find the facts.
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ExperimentA scientific test to try out a theory or to see the effect of something, to discover if one thing causes something to happen; does one thing-- variable-- affect another thing -- variable?
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Variablesomething that can be changed
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Independent - Manipulated Variablethe ONE thing that the scientist chooses to change (manipulate) in the experiment to see if it effects another variable
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Dependent - Responding Variablethe thing that is observed to see if it responds -- changes because of the variable the scientist has changed
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Control Variablethe things that are kept the same (constant) in an experiment -- they will not change.
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MethodThe step by step process of doing the experiement -- all the time, measures, equipment, observations.
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Datainformation or facts; results of experiment and your observations-- usually a journal, a table, and a chart of the observed variables
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ConclusionA decision or realization based on the facts that you have.
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ApplicationAn explanation of how the experiment works in the real world.
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