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Observations and Experiments

Observations and experiments are used to test hypotheses.

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This apple tree is said to be a descendent of the tree Isaac Newton used to test his formulate his theory of gravitation. Newton was an important player in the Scientific Revolution.

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Thanks to scientific research, we are gaining more knowledge of the universe [Figure2]

  • Science is a process for learning about the universe and organizing the information so that we can build on it.
  • The process for doing science is the scientific method.
  • Although we need new methods to get at the finer truths of how the universe works, the scientific method is the best method for doing science currently.

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With the link below, learn more about the scientific method. Then answer the following questions.

  1. In science, once you have come up with a plausible explanation for an observed phenomenon, what do you do and why?
  2. According to the video, what are the five steps of the scientific method?
  3. What is empiricism?
  4. What did Newton add to the development of the scientific method?
  5. What did Thomas Kuhn add to the argument about scientific method?
  6. Why will computers be necessary for scientific advancement in the future?

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