The Scientific Method Of Problem Solving

A Poor Hypothesis

The Basic Steps:

  1. State the Problem - A problem can't be solved if it isn't understood.
  2. Form a Hypothesis - This is a possible solution to the problem formed after gathering information about the problem. The term "research" is properly applied here.
  3. Test the Hypothesis - An experiment is performed to determine if the hypothesis solves the problem or not. Experiments are done to gather data. It is very important that good observations and records are made during an experiment.
  4. Collect the Data - This is where you record your observations, measurements, or information from experiment.
  5. Analyze the Data - Just what does all that data indicate about answering the problem you are solving?
  6. Draw Conclusions - After examining the data from the experiment, conclusions can be drawn. In it's simplest form, the conclusion will be "yes" the hypothesis was correct, or "no" the hypothesis was not correct.



    If the hypothesis is proven to be incorrect, you must find out what was wrong with it. This might lead to the formation of a hypothesis about the hypothesis!

Scientific Theory - A logical explanation of observed events.

Scientific Law - A theory that has been tested and widely accepted as true.

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