How can we help?

You can also find more resources in our Help Center.

19 terms

Chapter 2 Scientific Methods

STUDY
PLAY
scientific methods
a series of steps followed to solve problems, a series of steps followed to solve problems, including collecting data, formulating a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis, and stating conclusions
observation
the process of gathering information about events or processes in a careful, orderly way
hypothesis
an explanation that is based on prior scientific research or observations and that can be tested
data
any pieces of information acquired through observation or experimentation
model
a pattern, plan, representation, or description designed to show the structure or workings of an object, system, or concept
theroy
an explanation that ties together that ties together many hypotheses and obsevation
law
a summary of many experimental results and observations; a law tells how things work
technology
tools and skills people use to meet their basic needs
engineering
the process of creating technology
engineering design process
the process engineers use to develop a new technology
prototype
a standard or typical example
cost-benefit analysis
the process of determining whether the cost of doing something is worth the benefit provided
bioengineering
the branch of engineering science in which biological science is used to study the relation between workers and their environments
assistive bioengineering
engineering that results in a product or process that helps living organisms but does not change them permanently
adaptive bioengineering
engineering that results in a product or process that changes living organisms
meter
the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)
area
a measure of the size of a surface or a region
mass
the amount of matter an object contains
volume
the amount of space an object takes up