Unit 1 Lesson 1

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16 terms · Nature of Science

biology

study of all living things

critical thinking

comparing what you already know with the information you are given to decide whether you agree with it

ethics

rules of conduct or moral principles

hypothesis

possible explanation about an observation that can be tested by scientific investigations

inference

logical explanation of an observation that is drawn from prior knowledge or experience

observation

using one or more of your senses to gather information and take note of what occurs

prediction

statement about what will happed next in a sequence of events

science

the investigation and exploration of natural events and of the new information that results from those investigations

scientific law

describes a pattern or an event in nature that is always true

scientific theory

explanation of observations or events based on knowledge gained from many observatons and investigations

technology

practical use of scientific knowledge, especially for industrial or commercial use

universal negative

a statement that excludes everything

value judgment

a determination of the worth of something

verified answer

an answer supported by repeated experiments or surveys

quantitative

observations that deal with a number, or amount

qualitative

observations that deal with descriptions

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