<img src="https://d5nxst8fruw4z.cloudfront.net/atrk.gif?account=iA1Pi1a8Dy00ym" style="display:none" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
Dismiss
Skip Navigation
Due to system maintenance, CK-12 will be unavailable on Friday,8/19/2016 from 6:00p.m to 10:00p.m. PT.

Scientific Method

The goal of science is to answer questions about the natural world using the scientific method, which includes hypotheses and experiments to arrive at a conclusion.

Atoms Practice
Estimated5 minsto complete
%
Progress
Practice Scientific Method
Practice
Progress
Estimated5 minsto complete
%
Practice Now
Turn In
The Best We Have

The Best We Have

Credit: Azeira
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Newton%27s_tree,_Botanic_Gardens,_Cambridge.JPG
License: CC BY-NC 3.0

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.

Why It Matters

Credit: Sezzles
Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sezzles/4258275276
License: CC BY-NC 3.0

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.

Explore More

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?

    Notes/Highlights Having trouble? Report an issue.

    Color Highlighted Text Notes
    Please to create your own Highlights / Notes
    Show More

    Explore More

    Sign in to explore more, including practice questions and solutions for Scientific Method.
    Please wait...
    Please wait...
    Add Note
    Please to create your own Highlights / Notes