What is science? an introduction to life science • Science is a way of learning about the natural world • 5 skills used to learn about the natural world: • Observing • Inferring • Predicting • Classifying • Making models OBSERVING • using one or more of your senses to gather information • Example? QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE OBSERVATIONS • QUANTITATIVE OBSERVATIONS • Dealing with a number or amount • Example? • QUALITATIVE OBSERVATIONS • Descriptions that cannot be expressed in numbers • Example? INFERRING • explain or interpret the things you observe • Example? PREDICTING • making a forecast of what will happen in the future based on past experiences • Example? CLASSIFYING • grouping together items that are alike • Example? MAKING MODELS • creating representations of complex objects or processes • Example?