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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION: An independent agency of the U.S. Government whose main goals are: (1) to promote the progress of science, (2) to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare, and (3) to secure the national defense. The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds research and education in science and engineering through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements in all parts of the United States. The governing board of the NSF is the National Science Board, which is composed of 24 part-time members, appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The NSF was established by the National Science Foundation Act signed by President Harry S. Truman in 1950.

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SCIENTIFIC METHOD: A structured way of investigating and explaining the operation of the world by testing and verifying hypothesized relationships. The scientific method is a process of discovery, a method of explaining phenomena that can be better understood with an overview of theory, principles, world view, hypothesis, and verification.

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AVERAGE FIXED COST CURVE

A curve that graphically represents the relation between average fixed cost incurred by a firm in the short-run product of a good or service and the quantity produced. This curve is constructed to capture the relation between average fixed cost and the level of output, holding other variables, like technology and resource prices, constant. The average fixed cost curve is one of three average curves. The other two are average total cost curve and average variable cost curve. A related curve is the marginal cost curve.

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