What is the Scientific Method? It is a way to tests hypothesis to eventually form a theory. In other words it is a process to find out answers to questions we might have about the world around us.
A seven step method. Photo credit: www.sciencebuddies.org
Ask A Question/MakeObservations First you want to come up with a question that best suits the problem. Write down what you know about the problem.
Research Retrieve further information on the issue at hand. Research your question to see if an experiment has been done before. (This will help you make a better hypothesis)• Don’t forget to give credit to people you get your new information from.
Make Hypothesis Come up with an educated guess (hypothesis) as to what you think the results will be.
Test Hypothesis You want to come up with a way that your hypothesis can be tested. Experiment Survey Make sure you record your data
Draw Conclusions You will analyze the results and see if your hypothesis was true, false or partly true.
Report Results Once you have come up with you results you want to put them into a graph or chart of some sort so that people can understand the data very easily.
If your hypothesis was provedwrong… You can go back to step three again and reconstruct your hypothesis. And continue on with the rest of the scientific method. You may do this several times.
Theory Has a lot of evidence coming from experiments. But still flexible enough to change if new evidence is found.
Law If done in an experiment multiple times the outcome very seldom changes. Is universal For example: The law of gravity