The targeted reading is created to specifically guide your study, directing your attention to the content that will help you meet the learning objectives. There are detailed learning objectives at the end of the document if you need extra guidance. The answers to the self-assessment questions are also included. Scientific inquiry is a deliberate way of asking and answering questions about the natural world. Describe how scientific inquiry allows for deliberate ways of asking and answering questions about the natural world. Observation: the act of viewing the world around us. Experimentation: a disciplined and controlled way of learning about the world and testing hypotheses in an unbiased manner. Hypotheses: a tentative explanation for one or more observations that makes predictions that can be tested by experiments or additional observations. Variable: the feature of an experiment that is changed by the experimenter from one treatment to the next.