The Scientific Method
can be used to solve any problem,
even to find a date for Friday Night!
Here's how to do it:
State the problem.
|You cannot solve a problem until you know
exactly what it is.
My Problem is - "I need a date for Friday Night".
Research the problem.
|What will it take to solve my problem?|
What do I know,
and need to know, about my problem?
To solve my problem, "I need someone to take out Friday Night".
Who can I take?
- Examine the possibilities.
- Eliminate poor choices.
- Consider likely choices.
Form a hypothesis.
|A possible solution to my problem.|
The simplest solution
is often the best solution!
"My date will be ( Name )".
Test the hypothesis.
|Perform an experiment to see if your hypothesis works.
"Ask ( Name ) for a date Friday Night".
Draw conclusions from the data.
|Data are the results of an experiment.
In its simplest form, there are only two possible conclusions:
Conclusion 1 If your hypothesis was correct, you now
have a date for Friday.
Conclusion 2 If your hypothesis was incorrect, the experiment failed.
DON'T GIVE UP!
DO MORE RESEARCH!- What was wrong with your original hypothesis?
- Did you make a poor selection?
Was your experiment flawed?
- Form another hypothesis based on additional research.
- Test the new hypothesis.
Continue this process until the problem is solved! |
The basic steps:
- State the problem - a problem can't be solved if it isn't understood.
- Form a hypothesis - a possible solution, formed after gathering information about the problem.
- Test the hypothesis - an experiment is an organized set of procedures performed to determine if the hypothesis solves
the problem or not.
- Draw conclusions - In it's simplest form, the conclusion will be "yes" the hypothesis was correct, or "no" the hypothesis
was not correct.