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    • Scientific Inquiry and Process
    • Science: way of understanding the unknown
      The stepping stones of scientific processes
      Methods by which questions are answered
      What is Scientific Inquiry?
    • I noticed a pen during homework
      I dropped water on my homework
      The ink smeared… different colors appeared
      Observation
    • Are their multiple colors in black ink?
      Why are questions important in science?
      What if you didn’t begin with a question?
      The Question
    • Questions are building blocks of inquiry
      Without a question…process is unorganized
      The question leads to possible solutions
      Possible Outcomes
    • What are possible answers to the question?
      Possible hypotheses:
      There are multiple colors in ink
      Ink only has the one color
      The Hypothesis
    • How can you separate the inks?
      The ink smeared on wet paper
      Use a chromatography experiment to test
      Creating a Test
    • Mark a paper with the ink
      Fill a cup full with water
      Place the inked paper in water
      The Experimentation
    • The paper will absorb up the water
      Water will pass through the ink
      The ink smears and shows different colors
      Results of Experimentation
    • What do the results say?
      Were there multiple colors in the ink?
      Data Analysis gives answers to the hypotheses
      Data Analysis
    • The experiment showed multiple colors
      This proves ink is not just black
      Do findings support or disprove hypotheses?
      Make Conclusions
    • Hypothesis: multiple colors in ink
      The results agreed with the hypothesis
      Are there any variables that affect outcomes?
      Was the Hypothesis True?
    • Hypothesis: Ink only has one color
      The results did not agree with hypothesis
      What would be your next step?
      Was the Hypothesis False?
    • Perform the experiment again
      Use different types of pens
      Will they have the same results?
      The RE-DO
    • Results are usually published in reports
      Findings undergo the peer revision process
      Revisions finalize the findings
      Results and Reports
    • Test
      Analyze/Conclusions
      Repeat
      Observation
      Question
      Hypothesis
      Prediction
      The Scientific Method
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      “3D Character and Question Mark” May 28,2010 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution
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      “Chromatography Tests” October 3, 2008 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution
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      Citations