The Scientific Method

The Scientific Method - The scientific method, a process...

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The Scientific Method 1 The Scientific Method Introduction to Life Science SCI/230 March 8, 2009
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The Scientific Method 2 The Scientific Method The scientific method, a process that uses deductive reasoning and inductive reasoning. Each step of the scientific method involves using thoughts that are planned and wise inferences that are conducted in logical steps. It is possible to use the scientific method in several different areas of study. In this case, the scientific method will be used to conduct a plant experiment. It can also be used in examples from real life that can stray away from biology and are geared toward daily usage (Science Buddies, 2009). The following information and steps were gathered from the scientific method Web site for this class. Stein (1997) stated, “Observation, Have you ever noticed if you place a plant near a window, that after a while, the plant grows or leans toward the window?” Stein (1997) stated, “Question, Have you ever wondered why the plant grows towards the window?” Stein (1997) stated, “Hypothesis, What reasons or factors can you list that might cause a plant to lean or grow toward a window? For example, I think plants respond to the glass from which they absorb some needed nutrient.” Stein (1997) stated, “Prediction, If it is true that plants respond to the glass from which they absorb some needed nutrient then grow three plants in glass cubes in the light and three plants in glass cubes in the dark then I should see a difference or change in the direction the plant is growing or leaning.” Stein (1997) stated, “Results, The plants in the light grew straight up until they reached the tops of the glass cubes, and then grew in circles along the
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