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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