• 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.

     

    Power Point Presentations:

    http://www.spa3.k12.sc.us/sci/Scientific%20Method%20Powerpoint_files/frame.htm

    Lesson:

    http://208.183.128.3/ce/scimethod.html

     

     

    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

     Step 1:

    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".

     Step 2:

    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.

     Step 3:

    Form a Hypothesis

     A possible solution to my problem. 

     The simplest solution is often the nest solution!

     

    "My date will be (Name)".

     Step 4:

    Test the Hypothesis

     Perform an experiment to see if your hypothesis works.

     

     "Ask (Name) for a date Friday Night".

     Step 5

    Draw Conclusions from

    the Data

     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.

    PROBLEM SOLVED

    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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    Related Links:

    http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~bcb25/scimeth/index.htm

    http://teacher.nsrl.rochester.edu/phy_labs/AppendixE/AppendixE.html

    http://biology.clc.uc.edu/courses/bio104/sci_meth.htm

    http://www.ldolphin.org/SciMeth2.html

    Graphic organizer at http://www.chariho.k12.ri.us/faculty/kkvre/smethorg.htm

     

    Fun Site:

    http://www.virtualfishtank.com/