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Science Help: Glossary of Terms

Preparing your child for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) world that will face them as adults does not need to be a challenge. Here are a few terms your child should know. Test your children yourself and ask for examples where appropriate.
  • Metamorphic (geological)- the complete change of a rock's original state by pressure and heat.
  • Methodology- a system of methods employed for a particular activity or experiment.
  • Minibeasts- small animals, like insects.
  • Nectar- sweet fluid from flowers that bees use to make honey.
  • Nocturnal- animals that are active at night, like owls.
  • Orbit- the elliptical path that one object takes around another, like the earth around the sun or the moon around the earth.
  • Pipette- a thin tube used to measure liquids.
  • Pole (magnetic)- the strongest, most extreme part of a magnet.
  • Predator- an animal that kills other animals, called their prey, for food. A lion is a predator and an elk is its prey.
  • Refraction- the change in speed and/or direction when light or other waves travel from one material into another.
  • Residue- something that remains behind, left over.
  • Sedimentary- an element deposited by wind or water, or the matter that forms at the bottom of a liquid.
  • Solution (chemical)- a mixture of two or more substances. Solutions dissolve in a solvent.
  • Synthetic- substances that are not found in nature, but man-made by chemical reactions. Polyester and nylon are examples of synthetic fabrics, whereas cotton and wool are found naturally.
  • Texture- the appearance, feel and structure of a substance.
  • Variables- factors that can change in an experiment.
  • Zero Error- a systematic error usually resulting from a measuring instrument having an incorrect zero. One example is not realizing that the ruler edge is not zero.

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