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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.


 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.


Conclusion 2  If your hypothesis was incorrect, the experiment failed.




-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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