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1 Virginia Standard of Learning BIO.1a-m
The Scientific Method Virginia Standard of Learning BIO.1a-m

2 BIO SOL: 1 a-m The student will plan and conduct investigations in which: observations of living organisms are recorded in the lab and in the field; hypotheses are formulated based on direct observations and information from scientific literature; variables are defined and investigations are designed to test hypotheses; graphing and arithmetic calculations are used as tools in data analysis; conclusions are formed based on recorded quantitative and qualitative data; sources of error inherent in experimental design are identified and discussed;

3 BIO SOL: 1 a-m The student will plan and conduct investigations in which: validity of data is determined; chemicals and equipment are used in a safe manner; appropriate technology including computers, graphing calculators, and probeware, is used for gathering and analyzing data and communicating results; research utilizes scientific literature; differentiation is made between a scientific hypothesis and theory; alternative scientific explanations and models are recognized and analyzed; and a scientific viewpoint is constructed and defended (the nature of science).

4 The Scientific Method Scientific Knowledge is Testable
Scientific Knowledge is reversible Scientific Knowledge is explanatory Scientific Knowledge is interpreted from empirical evidence

5 Scientific Knowledge is Generative It breeds new questions
It has no real end point

6 1. State the Problem Form a question about a specific event or reaction

7 2. Collect Information Research the problem
Gather background information

8 3. Form a hypothesis Make an educated prediction based on your research. You need to have a reason for your prediction. A hypothesis can be recognized by an “if, then” statement with “because”

9 Null Hypothesis A null hypothesis states there is no relationship between the measured conditions You may accept or reject the null hypothesis

10 4. Design an Experiment Devise a way to test your hypothesis. Create a
CONTROLLED experiment.

11 ONLY 1 condition is changed!
A controlled experiment MUST have 2 groups. CONTROL GROUP: all conditions remain the same EXPERIMENTAL GROUP: only the condition that you are testing for is changed ONLY 1 condition is changed!

12 Establish the variables for your experiment.
INDEPENDENT VARIABLE: the variable that is changed, manipulated (X axis for graphing) DEPENDENT VARIABLE: the change caused by the manipulation of the independent variable (Y axis for graphing)


14 5. Collect & Analyze Data Using metric Significant figure
Statistical annalysis

15 2 Types of Data QUANTITATIVE: numerical data, deals with specific quantities, usually in the form of a graph or chart QUALITATIVE: descriptive data, describes how something looks, smells, sounds, or feels; deals with qualities


17 6. Draw Conclusions Determine from the data collected if the hypothesis was supported or was not supported Can you accept the null and reject your hypothesis Can you reject the null and reject your hypothesis

18 Progression of Ideas in Science
Hypothesis- a possible explanation to a question based on information the scientist has already gathered - If experiments show a hypothesis to be correct, other scientists may accept it as support for a scientific theory. EX: Plants obtain their energy from the sun.

19 Progression of Ideas in Science
Scientific Theory- a general statement of why things work based on hypotheses that have been tested many times

20 Progression of Ideas in Science
- Theories are used to explain & predict the outcome of other experiments - Theories must be tested - Sometimes they are wrong & must be modified or discarded EX: The Earth is flat.

21 Progression of Ideas in Science
Scientific Law- a statement of what happens in a certain event based on verified observations & experiments

22 Progression of Ideas in Science
- Explains what happens & not why - Summaries of the results of many, many experiments & observations - When results of a series of experiments are the same each time they no longer need to be tested EX: Newton’s Law of Gravity

23 Progression of Ideas in Science
Which one is most likely to be wrong- hypothesis, theory, or law? 1. 2. 3. Hypothesis Theory Law

24 Scientific Method Vocabulary
Observation- the act of observing (touch, taste, smell, feel, see, etc.) Inference- a quick conclusion that attempts to explain an observation Prediction- to forecast; to guess the outcome of a situation beforehand Analysis- to separate or break apart into smaller sections for study

25 Scientific Method Vocabulary
Conclusion- to close or bring to an end; to accept or reject a hypothesis in an experiment Data- recorded observations or measurements Hypothesis- a tentative explanation that accounts for a set of facts & that can be tested by further investigation

26 Scientific Method Vocabulary
Theory- an explanation of a large body of information, experimental and inferential, and serves as an overarching framework for numerous concepts. It is subject to change as new evidence becomes available. Law- a basic scientific theory that is no longer tested & is generally accepted as true (Newton’s Law of Gravity)

27 Scientific Method Vocabulary
Controlled Experiment- an experiment in which all variables except the ONE being tested are identical in order to make the experiment fair & the results reliable Variable- any factor in an experiment that could affect the results & is therefore tested separately

28 Scientific Method Vocabulary
Controlled Variable- a variable that is not changed Independent Variable – a variable that you purposely manipulate (manipulated variable) Dependent Variable- the variable being observed that changes in response to the independent variable (responding variable)

29 Scientific Method Vocabulary
Quantitative Data- data that involves numbers or measurement usually in the form of a chart or graph Qualitative Data- anecdotal or descriptive data that does NOT involve numbers or measurement

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