What is the scientific method?

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The scientific method is, in simplest terms, a way (or series of steps) of asking and answering questions about practically anything. Even though the name 'scientific' might suggest that this only applies to science, the scientific method is simply a way of making suggestions or solutions possible . For example, whether we worry about the possibility of a comet striking our Earth or why one house seems infested with insects while others in the neighborhood don't, the scientific method can help us find a plausible answer. The scientific method consists of making observations about the world, asking questions about those observations, thinking of potential reasons/options, formulating a testable hypothesis, developing methods to test the hypothesis, testing the hypothesis and formulating conclusions based on those results. The scientific method helps to extend our knowledge and provides us with a more informed method of thinking and analysis. 

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