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- Examples of scientific investigation
- Independent and dependent variables
- Quantitative data
- Forming logical conclusions based on the data
- The interdependence of the steps in the scientific method
- Scientific approaches in different sciences
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1. What is Scientific Investigation? - Definition, Steps & Examples
Scientific investigation is the way in which scientists and researchers use a systematic approach to answer questions about the world around us. Read on to find out more. A quiz is provided to test your understanding.
2. Identifying & Interpreting Independent & Dependent Variables
Scientists answer questions by performing experiments that have an independent variable, a dependent variable and at least one control variable. By controlling, adjusting and measuring these variables, scientists find answers to their questions.
3. What is Quantitative Data? - Definition & Examples
Watch this video lesson to find out the difference between saying you have seven apples and saying that those apples are delicious. You will learn about quantitative data and why it is useful.
4. Drawing Logical Conclusions from Experimental Data
Experimental results are what scientists like to share with each other, but it's important to understand what those data mean. We do this in the final step of the experimental process, when we draw meaningful conclusions from the results we obtained.
5. Connecting the Steps of the Scientific Method
While the scientific method is divided into different steps, each of those steps is connected to the others. From making observations to drawing conclusions, the logical order and flow is what makes this process work so well in science.
6. Scientific Approaches in Life, Earth & Physical Science
There are many different techniques and methods involved in studying science. Here we will compare some of the most common approaches used in life, earth, and physical sciences. At the end, you can test your knowledge with a brief quiz.
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Other chapters within the ScienceFusion Intro to Science & Technology: Online Textbook Help course
- ScienceFusion Intro to Science & Technology Unit 1.1: What Is Science?
- ScienceFusion Intro to Science & Technology Unit 1.3: Scientific Knowledge
- ScienceFusion Intro to Science & Technology Unit 1.4: Science and Society
- ScienceFusion Intro to Science & Technology Unit 2.1: Representing Data
- ScienceFusion Intro to Science & Technology Unit 2.2: Scientific Instruments and Measurement
- ScienceFusion Intro to Science & Technology Unit 2.3: Models and Simulations
- ScienceFusion Intro to Science & Technology Unit 3.1: The Engineering Design Process
- ScienceFusion Intro to Science & Technology Unit 3.2: Risk/Benefit Analysis
- ScienceFusion Intro to Science & Technology Unit 3.3: Systems
- ScienceFusion Intro to Science & Technology Unit 3.4: Materials Science
- ScienceFusion Intro to Science & Technology Unit 3.5: Bioengineering
- ScienceFusion Intro to Science & Technology Unit 3.6: Engineering and Society