The Scientific Method
How to solve a problem scientifically
Objective: Students should know the five steps of the scientific method and be able to apply them to solve a problem.
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The scientific method is used by scientist and others to solve problems. See the detailed table below containing more information about this topic.
THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD
State the Problem
You cannot solve a problem until you know exactly what it is.
My Problem is"I need a date for Friday Night".
Research the Problem
What will it take to solve my problem?
What do I know, and need to know, about my problem?
To solve my problem, "I need someone to take out Friday NIght".
Who can I take?
-Examine the possibilities.
-Eliminate poor choices.
-Consider likely choices.
Form a Hypothesis
A possible solution to my problem.
The simplest solution is often the nest solution!
"My date will be (Name)".
Test the Hypothesis
Perform an experiment to see if your hypothesis works.
"Ask (Name) for a date Friday Night".
Draw Conclusions from
Data are the results of an experiment
In its simplest form, there are only two possible conclusions:
Conclusion 1 If you hypothesis was correct, you now have a date for Friday.
Conclusion 2 If your hypothesis was incorrect, the experiment failed.
DON'T GIVE UP!
DO MORE RESEARCH
-What was wrong with your original hypothesis?
-Did you make a poor selection?
-Was your experiment flawed?
-Form another hypothesis based on additional research
-Test the new hypothesis
Continue this process until the problem is solved!
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