Scientific Method Research Questions

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Here are loads of fascinating questions for brilliant students to research and answer:

Answer these fascinating questions on A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER in complete, quality and correct sentences.

1. Tell all seven Characteristics of Science.(you'll need to know these by heart. SHOERAP)

2. Tell the four phases of the Scientific Method.

3. Why do most scientists have an incredibly strong attachment to sustaining our environment?

4. Tell some characteristics of trained observers.

5. Develop an inference from this data.

Bottom fish in Puget Sound are found to have tumors in their livers.

Humans pump partially treated sewage into the Puget Sound area at the rate of about one billion gallons a day.

Puget Sound Killer whales are found to have flame retardant in their body fat.

6. Categorize the following types of scientific questions as Verification, Significant or Experimental.

a. Why does the moon look bigger on some nights?

b. If construction dirt goes into streams, then the eggs in the gravel will not survive.

c. Is the sky always blue?

7.Tell which is a better scientific question and explain why.

a. What is Chicken Pox?

b. How does Chicken Pox cause the skin to erupt?

8. Explain three ways that research can help a scientist.

9. Tell what a prediction is AND what words are often in predictions.

10. What is another way to describe a hypothesis AND what format do we often use for hypothesis.

11. Do researchers try to prove hypotheses to be true? IF not, what can a researcher say about a hypothesis?

12. Please explain why all scientists use the same process to do their work.

13. Tell three reasons why scientists use Alternate or Multiple hypothesis.

14. Explain what a procedure does.

15.List the five different types of Experimental Error.

16. Regarding variables, what three things are important to do in a proper experimental design?

17. Tell the two different types of Controlled variables.

18. Describe the two different types of Uncontrolled variables.

19. Tell two general ways to control variables.

20. Explain what a manipulated variable is and tell which part of the hypothesis it is found in.

21. Describe what a responding variable is and give an example of one.

22. Explain the difference between qualitative and quantitative measurements.

23. Describe the difference between an Experimental trial and a Control trial.

24. Why does a proper experiment HAVE to have control trials?

25. You finish an experiment and analyze your results. Amazingly enough, you discover that there is no significant difference between your experimental and control trial results. What must you conclude?

26. Explain what reliability is.

27. What evidence must be presented to say an experiment has good validity?

28. Tell three elements of a good analysis.

29. Basically, what two things must a conclusion clearly state?

30. What kind of reasoning does a researcher use to make a conclusion?

31. Describe what researcher must do after the conclusion is drafted, but before submitting their work for publishing?

32. Tell what researchers must do once they publish their work?

33.  Explain the difference between a Hypothesis, Theory, and a Law.

34Why do you think the handout gave lots of specifics about Science and the Scientific Method, and what elements a good experiment contains, but failed to give much detail on how to actually do an experiment?



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