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Scientific Method   Tags: research, scientific_method  

The research method most often used in scientific experimentation.
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Step 1: Ask a Question Print Page

Experiment Ideas

What is a Testable Question?

Question Validation

  • Is my question valid?
    Things to ask yourself about your topic or question to see if it lends itself to a doable project

Ask a Question

Step 1 : Ask a Question

The best questions come from your personal observations. Have you seen or heard something that you wonder about?  The first step in the scientific method is observation. Best questions are ones that appeal to you, the ones you are really interested in finding the answer to.

"Be curious, choose a limited subject, ask a question; identify or originate/define a problem. It is important that this question be a 'testable' question - one in which data is taken and used to find the answer."-ISEF


    Can I do this project?

    Ask yourself some important questions before you go any further with your project.

    1. How much time will this project take?

    2. Do I have the resources (like time and money) to complete it?

    3. Have I narrowed my question down enough?


      Independant, Dependant, and Control variables

      An experiment using the Scientific Method includes independent, dependent, and controlled variables. When considering your question, briefly think of what those variables might be. These will probably change after you have done your background research and formed your hypothesis, but thinking of them a bit now might help you know what to look for when you research.


      Narrowing the Topic


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