a way of learning about the natural world through observations and logical reasoning; leads to a body of knowledge
the process of using one or more of your senses to gather information
the process of making an inference, an interpretation based on observations and prior knowledge
making a forecast of what will happen in the future based on past experience or evidence
The ongoing process of discovery in science; the diverse ways in which scientist study the natural world and propose explanations based on evidence they gather.
a possible explanation for a set of observations or answer to a scientific question
an experiment in which only one variable is manipulated at a time
A factor that can change in an experiment
The one factor that a scientist changes during an experiment; also called independent variable.
factor in an experiment that a scientist wants to observe, which may change in response to the manipulated variable; also known as a dependent variable
facts, figures, and other evidence gathered through observations
a well-tested concept that explains a wide range of observations
a statement that describes what scientists expect to happen every time under a particular set of conditions