The scientific method was devised to allow scientists to conduct investigations objectively. Here's the method in a nutshell.
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Step 1 Make an observation Observe some occurrence or group of occurrences, and describe it.
Step 2 Make a hypothesis Formulate a hypothesis — an educated guess — to explain the observation.
Scientists often express hypotheses as cause-effect relationships or mathematical expressions.
Step 3 Use the hypothesis Use the hypothesis to predict new behavior, or the quantitative results of new observations.
Step 4 Perform an experiment Perform an experiment to test the predictions of the hypothesis.
Step 5 Accept or reject the hypothesis Elevate the hypothesis to a theory if the experiment supports the hypothesis. If the experiment does not confirm it, the hypothesis must be discarded or modified.
Did You Know:
The Greek philosopher Aristotle is credited with being one of the fathers of the scientific method.