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Science Unit 2

the steps of the scientific method

Purpose/Question/Problem problem that the lab activity is designed to solve; usually stated in the form of a question
Research gathering info; find out as much about the problem as you can
Hypothesis possible explanation for a problem; an educated guess; make a prediction in the form of an "If (what you will do)... then (what you expect to see)... because (from the background info)...
Experiment/Procedure design a step by step activity to confirm or disprove the hypothesis
Record/Analyze written observations, measurements and other important info taken during the experiment
Conclusion results of the experiment; address the factors that were tested; state whether your hypothesis was supported, be specific
Repeat conduct the experiment again to make sure that data collection was accurate
Observations what a person performing the experiment sees, hears, smells, tastes, or measures
Qualitative subjective descriptions such as sights, sounds, and smells. this type of data DOES NOT include specific measurements or amounts
Quantitative characteristics that CAN BE measured; any measurement that can be expressed as a number
Variable the factor being tested in the experiment
Control setup that is exactly like the experimental setup except that it DOES NOT contain the variable
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