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8th Grade Science Vocabulary!
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Worldwide climate change mainly due to increase in CO2 levels
The atmosphere traps solar radiation, because of gases such as CO2, methane and water vapor.
An organism whose cells contain a nucleus surrounded by a membrane and whose DNA is bound together by proteins into chromosomes
Generally organisms that do not have a well-defined nucleus or other membrane bound organelles and the genetic material occurs generally as a single, circular molecule of DNA.
The condition in which an organism's internal environment is kept stable in spite of changes in the external environment.
An inherited behavior or physical characteristic that helps an organism survive and reproduce in its environment.
Sinking of the Earth's surface (depletion of groundwater/divergen boundary)
A series of changes in the ecosystem that restores equilibrium over time.
Creates soil in primary succession (lichen/moss) first species to appear.
New crust is formed at divergen plate boundaries (sea-floor spreading)
movement of Earth's crust
Transfer of thermal energy by movements of a fluid. (convection currents)
Rivers of hot or cold water within the ocean caused by planet rotation, wind, temperature and salinity.
Transfer of energy by electromagnetic waves (light waves)
The chemical and physical processes that break down rock and other substances.
The way an organism monitors its needs and maintains equilibrium.
Water pressure against a cell wall of a plant cell (firm leaf/wilted leaf)
Genetic trait that is represented with a capital letter and will always show if it is present.
Genetic makeup; written with symbols (Tt, TT, tt)
Having both the dominant and recessive allele for a trait (Tt)
Having the same allele for a trait (TT, tt)
Physical traits (tall/short)
Relationship between organisms in which one or both benefit.
The measure of an element's ability to combine with other elements, dictated by the number of electrons in the outermost shell.
The tendency of a substance to undergo chemical changes.
Evidence of a new substance; observed when substances interact such as flammability and rusting.
The measure of how tight particles of a substance are packed (mass per volume).
What you can observe without the material changing to a new substance (melting, freezing, getting smaller)
Can be dissolved.
Allowing to pass through.
Not allowing to pass through.
Two or more elements chemically combined.
One or more elements in the same place at the same time, but not chemically combined (like a tossed salad).
Takes in heat during a chemical reaction, will feel cold (ice pack)
Releases heat during a chemcial reaction, will feel warm (decomposition, hand warmers)
Energy of motion (roller coaster increases kinetic energy as it comes down the hill)
Energy that is stored (stress in a fault zone, roller coaster at the top of a hill).
Water that flows over the ground surface rather than soaking into the ground.
The distance an object travels divided by the time it takes to travel that distance.
A graph showing the relationship between time and distance.
An objects resistance to a change in motion.
The total amount of force acting on an object (all the individual forces are added together).
Force that will cause a change in an objects motion.
The change in an objects speed and/or direction; speeding up slowing down, or change in direction.
The shape of the Earth's surface and the way its physical features are arranged; positions and elevations.
Total mass of living organisms in a given area.
The measure of speed and direction.
The range of electromagnetic waves placed in a certain order.
F = M X A; If an object is acted on by a net force, the change in velocity will be in the direction of the force.
Newton's Second Law of Motion
The land area that supplies water to a river system
A giant structure that contains gas, dust, and billions of stars.
A graph relating the temperature and brightness of stars.
Distance light travels in one year.
An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted upon by an unbalanced force; an object moving at a constant velocity will remain in the same motion unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.
Newton's First Law of Motion
(also known as the manipulated variable) the variable that you change during an experiment.
(also known as the responding variable) the variable that you expect to change as a response to the manipulated variable.
The variable that you keep the same (no change)
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Newton's Third Law of Motion
An explanation or model based on observations, experiments, and reasoning, which uses facts to explain and predict natural phenomena.
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