Key Terms for Scientific Inquiry & Properties of Life

As you read chapter 1 in the textbook you’ve chosen, pay close attention to these terms. If some of these terms don’t show up in your textbook, consult other sources like the slides from previous semesters or Wikipedia, or suggest we talk about them during class discussion.

Inductive Reasoning
Deductive Reasoning
Observation
Hypothesis
Scientific Process
Dependent and Independent Variables
Control / Control Experiment
Theory
Falsifiable
Independently Verifiable
Properties of Life (e.g. homeostasis, heredity, etc.)
Biological Themes (e.g. cooperation, energy flow, etc.)
Hierarchical Organization
Form-Function Relationship

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