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Scientific Method - Writing an Experiment

Use the scenario given and use your understanding of the Scientific Method to explain what you have observed.
1. Recognize a question or a problem.
2. Develop a hypothesis.
3. Design and perform an experiment to test the hypothesis.
4. Analyze the data and reach conclusions about your hypothesis.
5. Share knowledge with the scientific community (your class).

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1. When developing a problem or question for a particular situation, you are simply stating the obvious. This is usually the easiest part of the scientific method. Examples might include: Why is my grass dying? or "How can I improve the quality of my grass?" Something more closely related to the second one will be easier around which to generate a hypothesis.

2. A hypothesis is generally and "If...then..." statement that explains your proposed solution to the problem. Ideally, it should tie in directly with your problem. Examples include: "If the temperature of the water is increased, then the dogs will be less likely to drink it," or for a situation similar to yours, "If __________, then I will improve the quality of my grass."

3. To design an experiment, it is best to stick with testing one particular variable. Examples for the grass experiment may be something such as amount of water, amount of fertilizer, type of seed, etc. You can use the outline below as a guide:

Situation: You have a hamster that is overweight and lazy. Problem: "How can I make my ...

Solution Summary

An example of the scientific method and how to use it.