Lesson2Science - 8/27/10 Science is a method of inquiry...

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8/27/10 1 Science is a … • method of inquiry • systematic process • way of collecting information and answering questions Is science the only way of explaining the world around us? What other ways are there? Can they exist together? Scientific Method 1. Ask questions, describe facts 2. Generate a hypothesis 3. Test the hypothesis 4. If evidence refutes the hypothesis > disproved 5. If evidence supports the hypothesis > working hypothesis 6. Theory LOTS of supporting evidence has accumulated
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8/27/10 2 Deduction From general explanation… predict what specifc things should we be able to observe (i± our explanation is true) ( testing hypotheses) Reasoning Induction From observations o± specifc in±ormation… ±ormulate general explanation (±ormulating hypotheses ) ? ? Inductive reasoning Deductive reasoning Try it! (groups of 3-4) 1. Think of a research topic and what you know about it (observations). 2. Formulate some possible hypotheses.
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