What is Science?
Science is a way of learning about the natural world and knowledge gained through the process.
Key Idea #1
As scientists understand the natural world, they use skills such as observing, inferring, and predicting.
Observing, Inferring, Predicting
- Observing is using your senses to gather information.
- Inferring is making an educated guess based on observation.
- Predicting is making a forecast of what will happen in the future based on past evidence.
A science inquiry is asking questions about what you observe.
Key Idea #2
Scientific inquiry refers to the many ways in which scientists study the natural world and propose explanations based on the evidence they gather.
Energy is the ability to do work or cause change.
Key Idea #3
The Earth system has 4 main parts: atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere.
Matter makes up EVERYTHING in the universe.
Key Idea #4
Energy can be transferred from place to place by moving objects, waves, or heat flow.
Key Idea #5
When any accident occurs, no matter how minor, notify your teacher IMMEDIATELY.