Key Terms for Scientific Inquiry and Life

Here’s a rundown of the terms covered in class and in your textbook. Remember that the 3 textbook options you have for this class take different approaches and do not cover all the same terms. Use this as the definitive list for terms we’ll focus on in this part of our course. Look up any terms not in the textbook you’ve chosen, or ask your peers about them or request clarification during class discussion.

Inductive Reasoning
Deductive Reasoning
Scientific Process
Dependent and Independent Variables
Control / Control Experiment
Independently Verifiable
Black Swan
Primary Source
Secondary Source
Scientific Journal
Scientific Publication / Journal Article
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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