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  • 1. Scientific Inquiry and Process
  • 2. Science: way of understanding the unknown
    The stepping stones of scientific processes
    Methods by which questions are answered
    What is Scientific Inquiry?
  • 3. I noticed a pen during homework
    I dropped water on my homework
    The ink smeared… different colors appeared
  • 4. Are their multiple colors in black ink?
    Why are questions important in science?
    What if you didn’t begin with a question?
    The Question
  • 5. Questions are building blocks of inquiry
    Without a question…process is unorganized
    The question leads to possible solutions
    Possible Outcomes
  • 6. What are possible answers to the question?
    Possible hypotheses:
    There are multiple colors in ink
    Ink only has the one color
    The Hypothesis
  • 7. How can you separate the inks?
    The ink smeared on wet paper
    Use a chromatography experiment to test
    Creating a Test
  • 8. Mark a paper with the ink
    Fill a cup full with water
    Place the inked paper in water
    The Experimentation
  • 9. The paper will absorb up the water
    Water will pass through the ink
    The ink smears and shows different colors
    Results of Experimentation
  • 10. What do the results say?
    Were there multiple colors in the ink?
    Data Analysis gives answers to the hypotheses
    Data Analysis
  • 11. The experiment showed multiple colors
    This proves ink is not just black
    Do findings support or disprove hypotheses?
    Make Conclusions
  • 12. Hypothesis: multiple colors in ink
    The results agreed with the hypothesis
    Are there any variables that affect outcomes?
    Was the Hypothesis True?
  • 13. Hypothesis: Ink only has one color
    The results did not agree with hypothesis
    What would be your next step?
    Was the Hypothesis False?
  • 14. Perform the experiment again
    Use different types of pens
    Will they have the same results?
    The RE-DO
  • 15. Results are usually published in reports
    Findings undergo the peer revision process
    Revisions finalize the findings
    Results and Reports
  • 16. Test
    The Scientific Method
  • 17. “Boy (Anders) with Binoculars” August 22, 2007 via Wikimedia Commons, GNU Free Documentation License
    “3D Character and Question Mark” May 28,2010 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution
    Amy “Beakers” January 28,2010 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution
    “Chromatography Tests” October 3, 2008 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution
    “Nuvola-inspired File Icons for MediaWiki” August 24, 2006 via Wikimedia Commons, GNU Free Documentation License
    “Bar Graph” October 26, 2008 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution