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Unit 1 - Observation and Inferences
Transcript of Unit 1 - Observation and Inferences
a possible explanation for an observation They are educated guesses you make about objects or events based on your observations Inferences do not have to be based on facts, but they must be logical Logical just means that what is being said makes sense Observation or Inference? Dwight Howard Nate Robinson Dwight Howard is taller
than Nate Robinson This man is wearing rain gear,
so it must be raining! It smells like chocolate chip
cookies. I took a bite and it tasted
like chocolate chip cookies. Justin Bieber makes music
for young people.
All young people like Justin
Bieber. Observation Inference Inference Observation Two ways to use our senses to collect information Quantitative observation
measurable and countable Do you see the word "quantity" inside the word
Quantitative Quantity means the amount of something.
Example: I have 5 pieces of gum.
My quantity is 5. Think of Quantitative as something
with a number attached to it. Examples of Quantitative observations:
30 degrees Celcius Qualitative observation
describable, not measurable Do you see the word "quality" in the word
Qualitative Think of quality as the characteristic
or feature that can be used to
describe an object.
Example: That is a red dog.
The dog's quality is that he is red. Think of Qualitative as something
that describes something Examples of Qualitative observations:
Smells like Barbeque
Tastes like chicken Using Qualitative and Quantitative observations
is very important when describing scientific events!