The Steps of the Scientific Method

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Steps of the Scientific Method
The Scientific Method is a way to ask and answer questions about the world in a logical way. There are various versions of the scientific method, but these six steps are often used.

  1. Ask a question
  2. Make observations or do research
  3. Form a hypothesis
  4. Design and conduct an experiment
  5. Analyze your data
  6. Draw a conclusion.

The steps can be repeated as needed.

How to set up an experiment using the scientific method?
Problem Solving using the Scientific Method
Question: Do maggots come form decaying meat?

Controlled Experiment
In controlled experiments, remember to keep everything constant or the same except one variable that you change.

Elements of Experimental Design

  1. What was I testing?
  2. What was my hypothesis?
  3. What was I measuring?
  4. How do I know if my hypothesis is supported?

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