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1 Science as Inquiry Science is a way of knowing.

2 Observations and Data Observation is the use of the senses to gather and record information. Recorded observations are called data.

3 Quantitative observations are measurements. Qualitative observations are descriptive.

4 Inferences in Science A logical conclusion based on observations is called an inference.

5 Generalizations in Discovery Science Scientists put together many observations to reach a general conclusion, or generalization.

6 Forming and Testing a Hypothesis Hypothesis is a suggested answer to a well-defined scientific question—an explanation on trial. A hypothesis is often based on past experience or knowledge gained from other sources.

7 Suppose your flashlight stops working during a camping trip. That is an observation. Propose a hypothesis to explain it. How could you test your hypothesis?

8 Designing a Controlled Experiment A condition that can differ within the experiment is called a variable. An experiment that tests the effect of a single variable is called a controlled experiment.

9 Scientific Method Observation Question Hypothesis Prediction Experiment Conclusion


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