Ch.1 What is Science?
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a way of learning about the natural world
The process of using one or more of your senses to gather information
The process of making an inference, in interpretation based on observation and prior knowledge.
The process of forecasting what will happen in the future based on past experience or evidence.
The process of grouping together items that are alike in some way.
comparing observations and data to reach a conclusion about them.
The process of creating representations of complex objects of processes.
A factor that can change in an experiment.
The one factor that a scientist changes during an experiment.
The factor that changes as a result of changes to the independent variable in an experiment; also called responding variable.
An attitude of doubt.
1. The rules that enable people to know right from wrong 2. The study of principles about what is right and wrong, fair and unfair.
An outlook influenced by a person's likes and dislikes.
An outlook influenced by the beliefs, social forms, and traits of a group.
A mistake in the design of an experiment that makes a particular result more likely.
Describes the act of decision-making or drawing conclusions based on available evidence.
Describes the influence of personal feelings on a decision or conclusion.
A way to explain things by starting with a general idea and then applying the idea to a specific observation.
Using specific observations to make generalizations.
A system of measurement based on the number 10.
International System of Units
A system of units used by scientists to measure the properties of matter.
A measure of how much matter is in an object.
A measure of the force of gravity acting on an object.
The amount of space that matter occupies.
The measurement of how much mass of a substance is contained in a given volume.
An approximation of number based on reasonable assumptions.
How close a measurement is to the true of accepted value.
How close a group of measurements are to each other.
The numerical average of a set of data.
The middle number in a set of data.
The number appears most often in a list of numbers.
The differences between the greatest value and the least value in a set of data.
Data that do not fit with the rest of the data
A picture of information that is used to compare data
A line graph in which the data points yield a straight line.
A line graph in which the data points do not fall along a straight line.
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