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Unformatted text preview: Name _____________________________________________ Date ________________ Period _________ Questions are an essential part of science. What makes a good scientific question is that it can be answered by direct observations or with scientific tools. Examples of questions that are not scientific are based on values or opinions like what people believe is right or wrong, or beautiful or ugly. Scientists may start with a broad question such as “Why do people get colds?” Next, they break the question down into smaller questions: Can you catch a cold from someone else? Is there a relationship between getting chills and catching a cold? They state the final question in a way that can be answered by investigation or experiment. A good scientific question is “Does getting chilled cause colds?” Tips on Asking Good Scientific Questions 1. Begin by asking several questions about a topic. 2. Eliminate questions that cannot be answered by direct observation or by gathering evidence....
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- Spring '08