MSP Vocabulary a-z
To establish the identity of
1/12th of a foot, 2.54 centimeters
to add to
ex. my puppy's weight will increase when she grows.
To receive a characteristic from one's parents by genetic transfer. Ex. I inherited my brown hair from my mother.
something added to a system.
Ex. Pedaling the bike was Cassie's input; the output was the wheels rolling.
To come up with a new way to solve a problem or do a task.
a new device or process created to solve a problem or do a task.
A scientific experiment performed to answer a question
A measurement of mass in the metric system equal to 1000 grams (g)
A measurement of length in the metric system equal to 1000 meters (m)
a device that generates heat
power derived from sunshine or light bulbs
a state of matter wherein matter can flow and cannot be compressed.
A measurement of volume in the metric system. 1000 milliliters (mL)
stands to reason; makes sense
a mechanism designed to do work
capable of being attracted to a magnet
the force exerted by a magnetic field
the amount of matter an object has; expressed in grams (g)
what something is made of
anything that has mass and takes up space.
to quantify or count (length, mass, volume, amount)
measured (responding) variable
In an experiment, the change that we count or measure. Ex. In our erosion experiment, the amount of sediment that eroded was our responding variable.
to change state from a solid to a liquid.
A measurement of distance in the metric system. Equal to 1000millimeters (mm).
A measurement of distance in standard measurement (US) = 5,280 feet.
1/1000th of a Liter
1/1000th of a Meter
substances derived from rock or soil; essential for the health of plants and animals. Ex. my tomato plant turned yellow when it was missing mineral nutrients in its soil.
to soak up or take in
to bring about a change in.
quanity of something
to pull toward, as in N and S poles of magnets attract
scale used to measure mass
a justification for something existing or happening;
a metric unit of length equal to one hundredth of a meter
changed (manipulated) variable
variable changed in an experiment
A physical attribute of an organism, such as hair color, height, color pattern, etc.
assign to a class or kind
Overall weather in an area over a long period of time
a mixture of decaying vegetation
reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation
the process of changing from a gaseous to a liquid or solid state
use cautiously and frugally
an organism that obtains energy by feeding on other organisms
something that happens over and over in the same way
a set of numerical results gathered from an experiment
information gathered from observations
organism that breaks down and obtains energy from dead organic matter
to explain or teach by showing
to rely on for support
tell all about
make or work out a plan for
a labeled drawing showing parts of a system
a straight line connecting the center of a circle with two points on its perimeter (or the center of a sphere with two points on its surface)
the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves
to make or become liquid
the 3rd planet from the sun
shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane of from volcanic activity
a reply that repeats what has just been said
a system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their physical environment
an organ in the respiratory system, where carbon dioxide and oxygen are exchanged
(simple) a device that makes work easire by changing the size or direction of the force applied to it.
having the property of attracting iron and steel
to become a liquid from a solid by the addition of heat
the basic unit of length in the metric system
unit of measure equal to 5,280 feet
1/1000 of a liter
a representation or explanation of how a system works or is constructed; the representation of an object or process
the smallest particle of a substance that still has the properties of that substance
a natural object that revolves around a planet
an elevated area of land at least 2,000 feet about the surroundig landscape
not endowed with life;
a chemical needed for the maintenance, growth, and development of an organism
the entire body of salt water tha covers more than 70% of the Earth's surface
path an object in space follows as it revolves around another object, such as Earth around the sun or a satellite around Earth
movement in a circle or cruve around a central point or axis. One revolution of the Earth around the sun takes a year.
a living thing
to put together in an orderly manner
a measure of weight equal to 1/16 of a pound. Also, a measure of volume; one fluid ounce is equal to 1/16 of a liquid pint.
a chemical treatmet important for most forms of life. A gas that makes up approximately 1/5 of the atmosphere; combines with hydrogen to form water
the highness or lowness of a sound;
a large body that travels in orbit around a star; usually smaller than a star and does not give off heat or light
a unit of mass equal to 16 ounces
water falling from the clouds in any form, such as snow, ice, raindrops or drizzle; the separation of a solid from a solution
a guess based on information and experience
anything thrown forward, a question proposed for a solution
the method used to obtain information
to calculate and handle data
organisms that make their own food, such as a planet or as photosynthetic alga
a characteristic of an object that helps us to identify it.
a machine consisting of a wheel with a grooved rim in which a rope can run to change the direction of the pull.
to seek for, ask, inquire
a comparison of a quantity to a unit of time, expression as a fraction, such as 40 km/hr
to make more individuals of the same species from a parent organism or organisms
the consequence of a particular action, operation, or course; an outcome
a large, natural stream of water that flows into another body of water
the part of the planet that grows downward and provides support and uptake of water and nutrients
one of the larger bodies of water, less than an ocean, found on the earth's surface
the small part of a plant found in a flower or fruit from which a new plant can grow.
the system that includes all of the bones of the body
the mixture of humus and earth materials in which plants often grow
a material having definite shape and volume.
to put objects with the same properties into groups.
energy that travels through matter as mechancial waves and can be heard by the ear
the distance traveled by an object in a given amount of time
to turn quickly in a circle, to rotate quickly
a balance that measure weight by the tension on a helical spring
to begin to grow, a new growht on a plant
state of matter
the three conditions that matter can exist in or the forms that matter can take - solid, liquid or gas.
the main part of the plant that holds the leaves, flowers or fruit
a stock or supply of energy reserved fro future use.
a flow of water in a channel
something built by people; any identifiable part or appendage of an organism; the arrangement or organization of parts
that which has mass and occupies space, matter, material of a particular kind or constituion. , that which has mass and occupies space
a star around which other planets revolve
so placed as to resist forces tending to cause motion; of such structure as to resist distortion or molecular or chemical disturbance
a set of objects that are related in some way and can be isolated for study, a group of things or parts that forms a whole
a measure of how hot or cold something is
how the surface of an object looks or feels
to melt anything that is frozen
a tool used to measure temperature
a device that is used to do something
the result of heating a solid or liquid until it becomes a gas.
something that can be changed and that might make a difference in the outcome of an experiment.
variable kept the same
a rapid back and forth movement
hill or mountain formed by material that erupts onto Earth's surface; caused by action of magma below surface
how heavy something is
unit of measure that equals 3 feet, or 36 inches.