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Science
Way of learning more about the Natural world that provides possible explanations to questions and involves using a collection of skills
Scientific theory
a possible explanation for repeatedly observed patterns in nature.
scientific law
a rule that describes a pattern in nature but does not try to explain why somethings happen
system
collection of structures, cycles, and processes that relate to and interact with each other.
life science
study of living systems and how they interact
earth science
study of Earth systems and systems in space, including weather and climate systems and the study of non-living things such as rocks, oceans, and planets
physical science
study of matter, which is anyting that takes up space and has mass, and the study of energy, which is the ability to cause change
technology
use of science to help people in some way
hypothesis
reasonable guess that can be tested and is based on what is known and what is observed
controlled experiment
involves observing the effect of one thing while keeping all other things constant.
infer
to draw a conclusion based on observation
variable
factor that can be changed in an experiment
constant
variable that is not changed in an experiment
model
any representation of an object or an event that is used as a tool for understanding the natural world; can communicate obsevations and ideas, test predictions, and save time, money, and lives
critical thinking
involves using knowledge and thinking skills to evaluate evidence and explanations