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The research method most often used in scientific experimentation.
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Testing your hypothesis

 Step 4 : Testing your Hypothesis

                                                                            

Now It's Time to Become the Scientist                                                                                                                  

Now that you have an experiment in mind, let the testing begin. If you are a scientist at heart then this is the step for you. Testing your experiment allows you to  see if what you thought would happen does in fact happen. You have now made the decision on what you would like to do as your experiment, and you created your hypothesis.  Now it is time to test your hypothesis. 

If your experiment was caring for plants, you could set up a watering schedule with 4 plants that are the same kind.  Decide if you would water one daily and maybe one weekly and the other 2 would be set on different schedules.  Then take a month and tend to the plants per your schedule and see which plant grows the best. 

Make sure as you conduct your experiment that you record your data on your plants activities.  Ask yourself:

What color changes do I notice in the leaves?
Is the plant growing?
Does the dirt look different?
Does the dirt feel wet or dry?
Does the plant look healthy?

 

 

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When recording your information make sure to take measurements, note changes, date and time you made the observation and any unusual occurences.  If you have a digital camera, take a lot of pictures!

In other words document, document and document!!!

 

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