Thursday, January 29, 2009

Documenting the Scientific Method

Hey, why not? So few people bother with it that any chance to disseminate it further is worthwhile:

The scientific method is a process for experimentation that is used to explore observations and answer questions. Scientists use the scientific method to search for cause and effect relationships in nature. In other words, they design an experiment so that changes to one item cause something else to vary in a predictable way.

Notice how important it is to communicate results. And, even though the scientific method is shown here as a series of discrete steps, keep in mind that new information or thinking might warrant backing up and repeating steps at any point during the process: an iterative process.

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