Beginning with Science Study Sheet

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Beginning with Science 02: Scientific Investigation
For this assignment you will do two things:
Part I: Evaluate one experimental design. (10 points)
Part II: Design your own experiment using the scientific method. (40 points)
Review each scenario below, and choose one to complete for your assignment. Each scenario contains specific questions that will ask you to provide examples, explain your suggestions for improvement, and refer to the lesson. Be sure to respond to each question in complete sentences.
Part I: Scenarios (select only one)
Scenario 1
Christopher and Kate noticed that after a rainstorm some of the rocks in their yard appear to shrink. They wondered how the mass of the rocks changed when dissolved in water. To
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Problem 4
As you are walking down a wooded path, you notice a large depression in the ground that has burn marks along the outside. What caused the hole?

Part II: The Process

View this table to see what you will need to include in your experimental design.

Experimental Design Process | Parts of the Scientific Method | What You Need to Do | Example | Purpose | This step should include a description of the scenario you are investigating, along with the question that you are attempting to answer. It is important that each question/problem has a variety of possible solutions to investigate, thereby allowing you to use the scientific method. | Scenario: My car won’t start. My question is: “Why won’t my car start?” | Observation | List all the possible observations that you can make about the question/problem stated in the purpose of the experiment. | I noticed that the engine made a clanging sound when it started.

The car is 15 years old.

It has been more than two weeks since I last bought gasoline. | Research | Explain what specific topics you would research to attempt to solve this problem, and describe at least two practical resources you would use for your research. | I look through my car's manual for reasons why the car might not start. I also call my friends to see if they have ever had this problem with their cars. | Hypothesis | List at least two possible


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