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15 terms

Earth Science Science as a process

Italicized words in chapter 1 section 2
STUDY
PLAY
experiment
a procedure that is carried out according to certain guidelines; used to test a hypothesis
accuracy
how close a measurement is to the true value of the thing being measured
precision
the exactness of the measurement
error
an expression of the amount of imprecision or variation in a set of measurements
model
a description, representation, or imitation of an object, process, system or concept; they can be rendered mathematically, graphically, physically and computer
scientific law
a general statement that describes how the natural world behaves under certain conditions
scientific methods
organized and logical approach to scientific problem solving.
control
group that serves as a standard for comparison with another group
controlled experiment
an experiment that contains a control
International System of Units (SI)
common system of measurement for length, mass, temperature and volume. Base 10 system.
confidence interval
the range of values for a set of percentage of measurements.
bio-
life, living
atmo-
vapor, steam; air, gas; respiration
hydro-
related to water
paleo-
ancient, old or prehistoric