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1 Scientific Method

2 Steps in the Scientific Method
Observation Hypothesis Experiment Data Collection Conclusion Retest

3 Observations Gathered through your senses
A scientist notices something in their natural world

4 Observations An example of an observation might be noticing that many salamanders near a pond have curved, not straight, tails

5 Hypothesis A suggested solution to the problem. Must be testable
Sometimes written as If…Then… statements Predicts an outcome

6 Hypothesis An example of a hypothesis might be that the salamanders have curved tails due to a pollutant in the moist soil where they live.

7 A procedure to test the hypothesis.
Experiment A procedure to test the hypothesis.

8 Variable – factor in the experiment that is being tested

9 A good or “valid” experiment will only have ONE variable!

10 Controls and Variables

11 Scientific Experiments Follow Rules
An experimenter changes one factor and observes or measures what happens.

12 The Control Variable The experimenter makes a special effort to keep other factors constant so that they will not affect the outcome. Those factors are called control variables.

13 What is the Purpose of a Control?
Controls are NOT being tested Controls are used for COMPARISON

14 Other Variables The factor that is changed is known as the independent variable. The factor that is measured or observed is called the dependent variable.

15 Example of Controls & Variables
For example, suppose you want to figure out the fastest route to walk home from school. You will try several different routes and time how long it takes you to get home by each one. Since you are only interested in finding a route that is fastest for you, you will do the walking yourself.

16 What are the Variables in Your Experiment?
Varying the route is the independent variable The time it takes is the dependent variable Keeping the same walker throughout makes the walker a control variable.

17 One more thing… it is best to make several trials with each independent variable.

18 Valid Experiments

19 Remember: To be a Valid Experiment:
Two groups are required --- the control & experimental groups There should be only one variable

20 Data Results of the experiment
May be quantitative (numbers) or qualitative (words)

21 Data Must be organized Can be organized into charts, tables, or graphs

22 Conclusion The answer to the hypothesis based on the data obtained from the experiment

23 In order to verify the results, experiments must be retested.

24 Recap: To Solve a Problem
1)Identify a Problem 2) State Observations about the problem 3) Form a Hypothesis about the problem (if…then…) 4) Design an Experiment to test the hypothesis 5) Collect Data 6) Form a Conclusion 7) Retest

25 No need to write these slides down in notebook
Review… No need to write these slides down in notebook

26 In what part of the scientific method do you write an investigative question?
Identify the problem

27 What are the two parts of the analysis?
Create a graph and write a summary

28 A conclusion needs to support or repudiate your _____________.

29 How do we record data in an experiment?
data tables (rows and columns)

30 The independent variable may change the ________ variable in an experiment.

31 When we are finished with our experiments we ____________ our findings.

32 What do we call information collected during the experiment?

33 The procedure is a list of__________ that describes the experiment.

34 How many times should an experiment be repeated?
Many times to help average issues such as human error

35 Variables that are kept the same are called ___________

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