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  • 1. Scientific Method and Graphing Practice Name _________________________________PS8 Date ____________________ Block _________*************************************************************************************************************Directions: Read the following story and then answer the questions that follow. Mr. Burns was worried about the productivity levels of his employees at the SpringfieldNuclear Power Plant. He believes that the reason his employees are so unproductive isbecause they only eat donuts all day long. Mr. Burns decides to carry out an experiment to testhis hypothesis.The Experiment: 1. Mr. Burns takes 8 employees and places them all in the same room for 8 hours. 2. Each employee is given the same difficult puzzle to complete. 3. Each employee is allowed to only drink water. 4. Four (4) employees (Homer, Lenny, Carl, and Charlie) are allowed to only eat donutsfor the entire time they are working on the puzzle. 5. The other four (4) employees (Smithers, Tibor, Moleman, and Zutroy) are allowed toonly each fresh fruit for the entire time they are working on the puzzle. 6. At the end of the 8 hours, Mr. Burns measures the amount of the puzzle that theyhave completed.The Results Employees Who Percent of Puzzle Employees Who Percent of Puzzle Ate Donuts Completed Ate Fruit Completed Homer 22% Smithers 97% Lenny 49% Tibor 80% Carl 41% Moleman 66% Charlie 35% Zutroy 83%The Questions1. What was the problem statement of the experiment? (What question was Mr. Burns trying to answer?)
  • 2. 2. What was Mr. Burns hypothesis as to the reason behind his problem?3. What did Mr. Burns believe would happen as a result of this experiment?4. What was the independent variable? (What did Mr. Burns manipulate?)5. What was the dependent variable? (What did Mr. Burns measure?)6. List any 3 constant variables that Mr. Burns added to this experiment. (What factors were kept the same for all subjects?)7. Was there a control group in this experiment? If yes, describe what it is. If no, explain what Mr. Burns could have done to provide a control group.

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