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scientific inquiry
the diverse ways scientists study the natural world and propose explanations based on the evidence they gather
scientific theory
a well-tested concept that explains a wide range of observations
observing
the process of using one or more of your senses to gather information
inferring
explaining or interpreting the things you observe
*it is NOT making wild guesses
hypothesis
possible explanation for a set of observations or answer to a scientific question
*it MUST be TESTABLE
variable
factor that can change in an experiment
controlled experiment
an experiment with only one variable being manipulated (changed) at a time
SI (International System) of Measurement
Common SI Units:
mass - gram (g)
volume - liter (L)
length - meter (m)
temperature - Celsius (C)
Common measurement tool

Volume
graduated cylinder
Common measurement tool

Mass
triple beam balance
Common Measurement Tool
Length
Meter stick