The following are the vocabulary words from our 1st unit:
LIFE SCIENCE=The study of living things. The science that deals with all forms of life, including their classification, physiology, chemistry, and interactions.
LIFE SCIENTIST=Someone who studies living things. Example: Microbiologist, Zoologist, Botonist, Animal Behaviorist, Environmentalist.
MODEL=A representation of an object or a system
THEORY=An explanation that ties together many related facts, observations, and tested hypothesis. A theory "stands the test of time". Example : Theory of Evolution or Theory of Relativity
LAW=A science idea that rarely changes. Example: Newton's Law's of Motion, Law of Gravity
OBSERVATION=A skill that involves the use of one or more of the senses-sight, hearing, smell, and sometimes taste to gather information and collect data.
EXPLANATION =An interpretation of an observation that is based on prior knowledge. An inference.
CONTROLLED EXPERIMENT=Tests only 1 factor at a time and consists of a control group and 1 or more experimental group
CONTROL=The "normal" circumstance or non-treated situation in your experiment.
HYPOTHESIS=A possible explanation for a set of observations or answer to a scientific question. Must be testable.
VARIABLE=A factor that changes in an experiment in order to test a hypothesis.
INDEPENDENT VARIABLE=The variable that the researcher changes on purpose to see how it will affect the experiment's outcome. This is the variable YOU manipulate.
DEPENDENT VARIABLE= The variable that responds to your manipulation. This is the variable the you measure at the end of an experiment.
COLLABORATION=Working together. Scientists communicating with one another by discussing ideas, brainstorming, and deciding on an answer or a plan.
SCIENTIFIC METHOD=The way scientists follow steps to answer questions and solve problems. The steps may involve any or all of the following: Ask a question, Make an Observation, Form a Hypothesis, Test the Hypothesis, Analyze the Results, Draw Conclusions, Communicate the Results.
MEAN=The average of a set of numbers