Jamie_Minnich_Final_Project - SC300: Big Ideas in Science:...

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SC300: Big Ideas in Science: From Methods to Mutation Scientific Method By, Jamie Minnich Scenario 1: You arrive home late at night. You walk up to the front door, unlock it, and reach in to turn on the light switch located just inside the front door. The light does not come on! Now what?
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First, I am making my observation. My observation is that it is night time, I just arrived at home, I switch on the light, and the light does not go on because it is still dark. The next step is to figure out the question. The question being, “did I blow a fuse?” The third step is coming up with my hypothesis. Hypothesis: The fuse is blown. The fourth step is my prediction. I predict that a fuse is blown because when I look out my door at the neighbor’s houses, they all have power. The fifth step is to experiment. I walk around the house trying different switches to see if they work. And the last step, coming up with my analysis. My analysis being that I have found that other switches in my house do work because other lights turn on in my house. Since I did not figure out what happened to the light, I have to start the process all over again. So I start off with my observation. The light switch does not turn on the light. Then I ask myself, “did the bulb blow?” Then I come up with my hypothesis. The bulb blew because all the other lights work in my house except this one. Then I come up with my prediction. I predict that if I go and replace the bulb, the light will come on. Then I experiment. I try it by getting another bulb and replacing it with the old one. My analysis, it was a success. The light came on when I replaced the blub. That means that I was right with my second hypothesis. Scenario 2: Develop your own detailed problem/observation and apply the scientific method to solve. My second scenario is, I am walking outside to get in my car to go to work and I look down and notice that my front tire is flat. Now how did that happen? First step, my observation.
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This note was uploaded on 06/11/2011 for the course HEALTH CAR HS230 taught by Professor Dunahm during the Spring '11 term at Kaplan University.

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