What is Science? (fillin)
- Science is ________________________________ of natural phenomena. It is not just a collection of facts. Science seeks to discover more universal principles which explain phenomena.
- Science is an activity of the ________________________________ and by its nature is open-ended. Scientific knowledge will never be complete.
- Science begins with careful recorded ________________________________. Observations require selection and a frame of reference.
- Science requires careful ________________________________ of observations, processes and theories.
- Science is ________________________________ with others (this is why careful descriptions are necessary!).
- Science is ________________________________ knowledge. As people share observations and explanations a body of knowledge is created and grows. This in term leads to further questions.
- Science depends on individuals' ________________________________. Science advances when someone is curious!
- Science requires ________________________________. Verifying observations, testing explanations and trying to disprove theories are key to science. If an idea cannot be tested, then it is not science.
"Science is a particular way of knowing about the world. In science, explanations are restricted to those that can be inferred from confirmable data - the results obtained through observations and experiments that can be substantiated by other scientists. . . . Explanations that cannot be based upon empirical evidence are not a part of science. " National Academy of Sciences
- Plural of phenomenon; a fact, occurrence, or circumstance observed or observable: the phenomena of nature. Freedictionary
- a ________________________________ of building ________________________________ or models of what the universe consists of, how it is put together, and how it functions.
- Scientific Law
- a ________________________________ of a ________________________________ occurrence that has been observed many times. Examples include the law of gravity and the law of buoyancy.
- Scientific Theory
- a reasonable ________________________________ of a scientific law. Derived from ________________________________ testing of a hypothesis. A theory can never be proven true.
- Scientific Model
- a way to represent something in science that we cannot ________________________________ or is ________________________________ to work with exactly. Examples include models of atoms (too small) and weather models (very complicated).
- Scientific Method
- a way to investigate problems by gathering information in an organized way and using logical steps to arrive at an explanation.