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The Scientific Method. Not just for scientists!. Adapted from http://panpipes.net/edit6200/. What is it?. The scientific method is a logical sequence of steps that people use to identify, test, and answer a problem. It is broken down into six steps: State the problem.

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### The Scientific Method

Not just for scientists!

What is it?
• The scientific method is a logical sequence of steps that people use to identify, test, and answer a problem.
• It is broken down into six steps:
• State the problem.
• Form a testable hypothesis.
• Design an experiment.
• Collect and analyze data.
• Draw conclusions.
• Communicate results.
Taking a closer look…
• Choosing a question or problem to solve:
• Make sure it’s realistic and that you can gather the necessary resources.
• When possible, choose a topic that really interests you.
• Your question must include both a manipulated (independent) variable and responding (dependent) variable.
• Safety first!
• Make it new and interesting to YOU!
Taking a closer look…
• Creating a testable hypothesis:
• “I predict that…”
• Include a statement that shows cause and effect. (If, then, because.)
• It must address the manipulated and responding variables.
• Right or wrong does not matter!
Taking a closer look…
• Designing an experiment:
• Carefully decide what your constants will be.
• Decide what materials you will need.
• List all procedures in order.
Taking a closer look…
• Collect and analyze data:
• Organize your raw data in a table.*
• Use your data table to create a graph for your conclusion. (More to come!)
Taking a closer look…
• Drawing conclusions:
• Restate your problem and hypothesis.