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What are the basic steps of the scientific method?
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- formulation of question or hypothesis
- Plan an investigation to test it:
- Ask a question
- Do a background research
- Construct hypothesis
- Test with an experiment
- Analyze results
- Draw conclusion or hypothesis if it's true or not/partially true
- Report results
High School Teacher
The guys on Myth Busters follow this method all the time! The Steps are as follows:
1. Ask a question. What is it you want to know? What do you hope to discover?
2. Do background research. Find out as much as you can about your topic from a variety of sources. Don't trust one source exclusively.
3. Construct of hypothesis. Based on what you've discovered in your research, what preliminary conclusions can you come to?
4. Conduct an experiment to test your hypothesis. Do the results of the experiment concur with what you supposed would happen?
5. Analyze your data and draw a conclusion. Does the experiment support your original hypothesis, or has the theory been "busted".
6. Communicate your results to others.
Watch Myth Busters to see this in action!
Posted by amethystrose on April 4, 2008 at 10:35 PM (Answer #1)
The headings for each step would be as follows:
Posted by r0sered17 on January 20, 2009 at 1:30 AM (Answer #2)
a) test the variables to ensure fair test
b) decide on measurements and observations to be made
c) decide on the steps of the procedure
3) carry out investigation and make careful observations and measurements
4) Ask yourself a question. Do the results of the experiment support the hypothesis. If it does, accept it. If not, suggest a new one and redo the whole experiment again.
5) Finally, get ready your conclusion about the whole experiment.
Posted by revolution on April 3, 2010 at 1:34 AM (Answer #3)
Elementary School Teacher
Research, Hypothesis, experiment, conclusion, data
Posted by staysee28 on April 29, 2010 at 2:55 AM (Answer #4)
Middle School Teacher
The most basic steps of the scientific method are:
1. Question/Research - Identify a problem, pose a question about it, then find out what other people already know about your problem.
2. Hypothesis - Identify your independent, dependent and controlled variables. Write a testable hypothesis that makes a prediction about the changes you will make to the independent variable and what change will happen to the dependent variable.
3. Experiment - List all of the materials you will need for your experiment. Write a detailed list of procedures to follow to test your hypothesis. Conduct your experiment by following the procedures exactly, and record your results in a data table.
4. Analysis/Conclusion - Re-state your question. Describe your experiment in one sentence. Describe the results of your experiment in one sentence. Re-state your hypothesis. Tell whether your hypothesis was supported or rejected, then support this statement with evidence (data) from your experiment. Explain any unexpected results from your experiment, and any new questions that arise from your experiment.
Posted by beckid75 on June 7, 2011 at 10:37 AM (Answer #5)
Posted by harvey155 on June 20, 2011 at 10:08 PM (Answer #6)
Basic steps of Scientific method
1> Ask question
2> Do background research
3> Construct a hypothesis
4> Test your hypothesis by doing a experiment
5> Analyze your data and draw a conclusion
6> communicate your research.
Posted by sanjeetmanna on June 24, 2012 at 6:24 PM (Answer #7)
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