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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.
  • Gas- a state of matter in which the particles move really fast and are very spread out.
  • Habitat- the natural home of a plant or animal.
  • Herbivores- animals that eat only plants. Nature's vegetarians include panda bears, horses, and cows.
  • Insoluble- a solid that cannot transform into a liquid.
  • Insulator- something that stops electricity, heat, or sound from passing through.
  • Joule- a unit of measurement of energy or work.
  • Keratin- a fiber protein found in hair and nails.
  • Kinetic energy- the energy found in moving things.
  • Liquid- a state of matter in which particles are close together, but randomly arranged so that they can move over each other.
  • Melting point- the temperature at which a solid turns to a liquid.
  • Mixture- two or more substances that are mixed together, but not combined, so they can be separated later.
  • Molecule- a group of atoms joined together.
  • Neutralization- the reaction between an acid and a base. The result is salt and water.
  • Neutron- an uncharged particle found in the nucleus of an atom with similar mass of a proton.
  • Newton- the measuring unit of force.
  • Omnivores- animals that eat both plants and animals. Examples include humans, most bears, chickens, and cockroaches.
  • Opaque- does not allow light to pass through.
  • Permeable- a substance that allows liquids to flow through.
  • Photosynthesis- the process by which plants change sunlight into food.
  • Proton- an atomic particle found in the nucleus with a positive charge and the same mass as a neutron.
  • 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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