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Week 1 Lecture 1 Group Activity August 28th 2007

Week 1 Lecture 1 Group Activity August 28th 2007 - Studio...

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Studio Chemistry Fall 2007 Scientific Method Group Exercise THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD (this activity appears originally at http://www.umich.edu/~chemstu/syllabus/syllabus.htm and is used in this course with permission of the authors) One of the goals of the course is for you to learn about and practice scientific inquiry. One model that we will use this semester for the process of science inquiry is shown in Figure 2. Figure 2: Simple Model of Scientific Inquiry Question Hypothesis Data/Fact Gathering Evaluation Question: a puzzle, a mystery, a surprising event…hmmm I wonder if…. Hypothesis: A testable statement about the natural world that can be used to build more complex inferences and explanations Testing: Prove or disprove a hypothesis by collecting facts. If a hypothesis is correct, what should be observed? What data would show that a hypothesis is wrong? Evaluation: Decide whether the results of testing warrant accepting the hypothesis as a plausible explanation for the phenomenon. Consider the possibility of further testing, and whether other hypotheses might provide a better explanation.
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