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What is an Observation? When you observe, you become aware of something using one of your senses. Your five senses are _______, _______, _______, _______, and ________. In an observation you simply describe something as it appears. An observation is a _______________ describing a ________.

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What is an observation

  • What is an Observation?

  • When you observe, you become aware of something using one of your senses. Your five senses are _______, _______, _______, _______, and ________. In an observation you simply describe something as it appears.

  • An observation is a _______________ describing a ________.

  • It’s ____________________!!

  • There are two types of observations

  • ________________________________ ________________________________

  • Qualitative Observations

  • Qualitative observations _________________what we observe.

  • “Qualitative” = _____________ (______________)

  • These observations use ___________________to describe something.

  • Example: The flower has white petals.

  • Example: Mr. M has blue eyes.

  • Quantitative Measurements

  • Quantitative observations ____________________ what we observe.

  • “Quantitative” = ________________ (_________________)

  • These observations use ___________________ to measure something in a quantitative way.

  • Example: The flower has seven petals.

  • Example: Mr. M has two eyes.

  • Which is better?

  • Both types are valuable in science. In experiments, though, _____________________ measurements can be precisely and objectively _________________________.

  • Qualitative: The road is long. (describes)

  • Quantitative:The road is 5 km long. (measures)

  • What is an Observation?

  • When you observe, you become aware of something using one of your senses. Your five senses are _______, _______, _______, _______, and ________. In an observation you simply describe something as it appears.

  • An observation is a _______________ describing a ________.

  • It’s ____________________!!

  • There are two types of observations

  • ________________________________ ________________________________

  • Qualitative Observations

  • Qualitative observations _________________what we observe.

  • “Qualitative” = _____________ (______________)

  • These observations use ___________________to describe something.

  • Example: The flower has white petals.

  • Example: Mr. M has blue eyes.

  • Quantitative Measurements

  • Quantitative observations ____________________ what we observe.

  • “Quantitative” = ________________ (_________________)

  • These observations use ___________________ to measure something in a quantitative way.

  • Example: The flower has seven petals.

  • Example: Mr. M has two eyes.

  • Which is better?

  • Both types are valuable in science. In experiments, though, _____________________ measurements can be precisely and objectively _________________________.

  • Qualitative: The road is long. (describes)

  • Quantitative:The road is 5 km long. (measures)


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