The Scientific Method

This assignment on the scientific method consists of three parts*.

Part 1

Write a one or two page paper on the scientific method.  Your paper must do the following:
  • Answer: “What is the Scientific Method?”
  • List steps in the Scientific Method.
  • Look at different websites.  Identify any differences you may find.
  • Explain how scientists use the Scientific Method.
The following websites will help you find the information you need to write your paper.

Part 2

Select a Plant Experiment.
Before beginning the experiment you must complete an Experimental Design Diagram and a Project Design Diagram.  The Four Question Strategy may help you in the design of this experiment.

Part 3

The Scientific Method is the format of the science experiment you will do for your major science experiment.
These are the steps you need to follow:
  • Choose: Pick a topic that interests you.
  • Question: Put your topic into a question that can be answered by your research.
  • Research: Find out background information about your topic so that you can predict an answer to your question.
  • Hypothesis: After you’ve done your research, make a prediction as to what you think the answer to your question is.  This is your hypothesis. (Project Design Diagram).
  • Analysis: This is the data you have collected.  This information may be displayed in a table, graph, pictures, photographs, or a combination of all of these.
  • Conclusion:  Write a report.
* Thanks to John McNamara for this excellent page.