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### Scientific method

1. 1. Scientific Method Unit One
2. 2. Observe your surroundings <ul><li>Look </li></ul><ul><li>Listen </li></ul><ul><li>Smell </li></ul><ul><li>Taste </li></ul><ul><li>Touch </li></ul><ul><li>Read </li></ul><ul><li>Watch </li></ul>
3. 3. Ask a question <ul><li>What interests you? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you want to understand about the world around you? </li></ul>
4. 4. Form a hypothesis <ul><li>This is an educated guess or explanation for a scientific problem. </li></ul><ul><li>It MUST be testable. </li></ul><ul><li>Hypotheses are always changing and there may be many for one idea. </li></ul>
5. 5. Design and perform an experiment <ul><li>You need a well designed experiment that will test your hypothesis. </li></ul><ul><li>A good experiment has only one factor that changes. That factor is called a variable . </li></ul>
6. 6. Record your data <ul><li>Use tables </li></ul><ul><li>Graphs </li></ul><ul><li>Written descriptions </li></ul><ul><li>Can be quantitative data (numbers) or qualitative data (written words) </li></ul>
7. 7. Analyze and draw conclusions <ul><li>Study your data and compare it to your hypothesis. Does it support your prediction or not? </li></ul><ul><li>What conclusions can you make? </li></ul>
8. 8. Report results to others <ul><li>Scientists share information so that others may learn from experiments that have already been performed. </li></ul>