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Introduction - Scientific Method What is Science? An...

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Scientific Method What is Science? An approach to understanding nature; Output of the process is a body of knowledge Think of it as a process What do scientists do? Make observations directly or indirectly Attempt to discern patterns Think about patterns, when you can see patterns you can get rid of all the facts Assume that the future is like the past Way things behave in the future is how they behaved in the past; ie assume law of physics are the same as in the past; ie sun rising, can make observations that the sun rises in the east everyday of the week Scientific Method: 1. Observation 2. Generalization or model 3. Predictions or hypothesis 4. Test 5. That test generates a new observation What are the basic steps of the method? What is the outcome of this process? Go around and make new observations, new observations feed back into my knowledge; better model because better supported OR observations show that the model wasn’t the best so need to make a better new model; Goal of science is to create the best models we can; remember that’s all they are; the next
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2010 for the course BIOL 1201 taught by Professor Wishtichusen during the Fall '07 term at LSU.

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