Observation vs inference

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Author: Heather Farrell

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Observation vs inference

  1. 1. Observation vs. Inference
  2. 2. Observation:Any information collected with the sensesInference:Conclusions or deductions based on observations
  3. 3. Tracks like these are common inparts of New England and in the southwestern United States. What do you OBSERVE? What can you INFER?
  4. 4. Tracks like these are common in parts of New England and in thesouthwestern United States. What do you OBSERVE? What can you INFER?
  5. 5. Now…What do you think?
  6. 6. Infer What happened based on your observations?
  7. 7. Observation Ohh… This liquid is green and it is leaking from a brown can. I also smell it. Observation: when studying something describe only facts that you can see, touch, smell and hear. You are not making any guesses. THIS IS NOT AN OPINION!!Observation: descriptive of what you see, hear, taste, feel, smell
  8. 8. Inference Inference: using your observations to make a Based on my observations, I think that this can is old and is guess about an object or an leaking a toxic substance. outcome THIS CAN BE A SCIENTIFIC OPINIONInference: the conclusion you draw as a result of an observation (not always correct!!)
  9. 9. Practice…• Write down 2 observations and 2 inferences about this picture.
  10. 10. Practice…• Write down 2 observations and 2 inferences about this picture.

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