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What are the steps to the Scientific Method?

The Scientific Method is an organized way of answering a science question. While different teachers and scientists have different versions of the Scientific Method, here are the typical six parts:

  1. Purpose- What do you want to learn?
  2. Research- Find out as much as you can.
  3. Hypothesis- Try to predict the answer to the problem. Another term for hypothesis is ‘educated guess’. This is usually stated like ” If I…(do something) then…(this will occur)
  4. Experiment- The fun part! Design a test or procedure to confirm or disprove your hypothesis.
  5. Analysis- Record what happened during the experiment. Also known as ‘data’.
  6. Conclusion- Review the data and check to see if your hypothesis was correct.

The scientific method is used all over the world every day to make new discoveries.

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