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									              Scientific Method - Notes
Why Use a Method?

 1. Share a common way of investigating and gathering
    Information
 2. Break down complicated things into small parts for
    understanding




Rene Descartes (1596-1650)    Cogito, ergo sum.
                              (Je pense, donc je suis.)

  French mathematician/ philosopher

  Invented Analytic (Cartesian) Geometry

  Father of the scientific method of studying natural
   phenomena
Five Steps of the Scientific Method
  Step of the         Comment(s)              Format
   Scientific
    Method
1. Problem       * could be a Question   Statement or
                                         complete
                                         sentence question
2. Research      What do we already         Bulleted list
                 know about the             correctly
                 problem?                    cited sources
3. Hypothesis       Educated guess         Complete
                    Statement:              sentence
                       What will             statement
                           happen?          NO “I think”
                                            (“This” will
                                             happen.)
4. Experiment Test the hypothesis        See lab template
   A. Data /                             and guidelines
       Results    - Observations         posted on the web
                  - Calculations         page
               B. Analysis
   B. Analysis    Summary of
                   results
                  Calculations
                  Graphs

5. Conclusions     Accept or reject     See lab template
                    hypothesis,          and guidelines
                    justify              posted on the web
                   What was learned     page
                   Sources of error

								
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