Scientific Method

Scientific Method - interested scientists will design...

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Scientific Method Botany, or any other science, is a body of knowledge accumulated over time by its  practioneers using a process called the  scientific method . Both the facts and the  process used to obtain them are important in understanding botany. The scientific  method varies in details and application by its users, but in general consists of the  following steps: A problem is defined; information is accumulated; a hypothesis  (proposed answer) is formulated and tested experimentally; if the new data contradict  the hypothesis, the hypothesis is revised and tested until a conclusion is reached that  explains the phenomenon of interest. The final step is to publish the results so other 
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Unformatted text preview: interested scientists will design experiments to validate or refute the work. Science is an ever-changing quest; new hypotheses are tested daily, and new information and conclusions are added constantly to the data base. When a sufficiently large number of experiments reach the same conclusions, the hypothesis is incorporated with others and becomes a theory . Theories are the foundations of scientific knowledge and give rise to principles or laws . While theories sometimes are modified or changed as new evidence accumulates, principles are rarely, if ever, altered....
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course BIO 1421 taught by Professor Farr during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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