Scientific method in action

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Scientific method in action

  1. 1. Scientific Method In Action The Strange Case of BeriBeri In 1887 a strange nerve disease attacked the people in the Dutch East Indies. The disease was beriberi. Symptoms of the disease included weakness and loss of appetite, victims often died of heart failure. Scientists thought the disease might be caused by bacteria. They injected chickens with bacteria from the blood of patients with beriberi. The injected chickens became sick. However, so did a group of chickens that were not injected with bacteria. One of the scientists, Dr. Eijkman, noticed something. Before the experiment, all the chickens had eaten whole-grain rice, but during the experiment, the chickens were fed polished rice. Dr. Eijkman researched this interesting case. he found that polished rice lacked thiamine, a vitamin necessary for good health. 1. State the Problem 2. What was the hypothesis? 3. How was the hypothesis tested? 4. Should the hypothesis be supported or rejected based on the experiment? 5. What should be the new hypothesis? How Penicillin Was Discovered In 1928, Sir Alexander Fleming was studying Staphylococcus bacteria growing in culture dishes. He noticed that a mold called Penicillium was also growing in some of the dishes. A clear area existed around the mold because all the bacteria that had grown in this area had died. In the culture dishes without the mold, no clear areas were present. Fleming hypothesized that the mold must be producing a chemical that killed the bacteria. He decided to isolate this substance and test it to see if it would kill bacteria. Fleming transferred the mold to a nutrient broth solution. This solution contained all the materials the mold needed to grow. After the mold grew, he removed it from the nutruient broth. Fleming then added the nutrient broth in which the mold had grown to a culture of bacteria. He observed that the bacteria died. 6. Identify the problem. 7. What was Fleming's hypothesis? 8. How was the hypothesis tested? 9. Should the hypothesis be supported or rejected based on the experiment? 10. This experiment lead to the development of what major medical advancement?
  2. 2. Identify the Controls and Variables Smithers thinks that a special juice will Identify the: increase the productivity of workers. He creates two groups of 50 workers each and 1. Control Group assigns each group the same task (in this case, they're supposed to staple a set of 2. Independent Variable papers). Group A is given the special juice to drink while they work. Group B is not given the special juice. 3. Dependent Variable After an hour, Smithers counts how many stacks of papers each group has made. Group A made 1,587 stacks, Group B made 4. What should Smithers' conclusion 2,113 stacks. be? 5. How could this experiment be improved? Homer notices that his shower is covered in 6. What was the initial observation? a strange green slime. His friend Barney tells him that coconut juice will get rid of Identify the- the green slime. Homer decides to check 7. Control Group this this out by spraying half of the shower with coconut juice. He sprays the other half 8. Independent Variable of the shower with water. After 3 days of "treatment" there is no change in the 9. Dependent Variable appearance of the green slime on either side of the shower. 10. What should Homer's conclusion be?

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