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The Scientific Method is an organized way of figuring something out. There are usually six parts to it. 1.

Purpose- What do you want to learn? An example would be, "Do plants grow better under different colored lights?" or "Do girls have faster reflexes than boys?" 2. Research- Find out as much as you can. Look for information in books, on the internet, and by talking with teachers to get the most information you can before you start experimenting. 3. Hypothesis- After doing your research, try to predict the answer to the problem. Another term for hypothesis is 'educated guess'. This is usually stated like " If I...(do something) then...(this will occur)" An example would be, "If I grow plants under green lightbulbs, then they will grow better than plants growing under red lightbulbs" 4. Experiment- The fun part! Design a test or procedure to confirm or disprove your hypothesis. In our example, you would set up a plant under a green lightbulb and a plant under a red light and observe then for a couple of weeks. Also set up a plant under regular white light to compare the others to. If you are doing this for a science fair, you will probably have to write down exactly what you did for your experiment step by step. 5. Analysis- Record what happened during the experiment. Also known as 'data'. 6. Conclusion- Review the data and check to see if your hypothesis was correct. If the plant under the green lightbulb grew better, you proved your hypothesis, if not, your hypothesis was wrong. It is not "bad" if your hypothesis was wrong, because you still learned something! Science - [Lat. scientia=knowledge]. For many the term science refers to the organized body of knowledge concerning the physical world, both animate and inanimate, but a proper definition would also have to include the attitudes and methods through which this body of knowledge is formed; thus, a science is both a particular kind of activity and also the results of that activity. The Scientific Method The scientific method has evolved over many centuries and has now come to be described in terms of a well-recognized and well-defined series of steps. First, information, or data, is gathered by careful observation of the phenomenon being studied. On the basis of that information a preliminary generalization, or hypothesis, is formed, usually by inductive reasoning, and this in turn leads by deductive logic to a number of implications that may be tested by further observations and experiments (see induction; deduction). If the conclusions drawn from the original hypothesis successfully meet all these tests, the hypothesis becomes accepted as a scientific theory or law; if additional facts are in disagreement with the hypothesis, it may be modified or discarded in favor of a new hypothesis, which is then subjected to further tests. Even an accepted theory may eventually be overthrown if enough contradictory evidence is found, as in the case of Newtonian mechanics, which was shown after more than two centuries of acceptance to be an approximation valid only for speeds much less than that of light. What is the difference between science and superstition? Answer science = the study of the physical world and its manifestations, especially by using systematic observation and experiment while superstition = an irrational but usually deep-seated belief in the magical effects of a particular action or ritual, especially in the likelihood that good or bad luck will result from performing itThe Difference: - Science has evidence to support its claims (and is thoroughly researched and experimented through the many years by people specialized in this field) such that even the general public are aware of the foundations. -However Superstitions evolve mainly from cultural beliefs. It's main foundation, is of unseen forces taking activity in our lives; be it for a positive/negative cause (though It may change from time to time depending on the advancement of the era).Therefore due to the advancement of time, not many are well updated with all these information as superstition now can be choice of whether to believe or not. EXAMPLES: Don't sweep at night or you'll have fewer blessings. Sweeping dirt out your door will sweep your good luck and money out with it. Don't go to sleep at night with wet hair or else snakes will sleep with you. If you are pregnant, eat bananas so that you can have twins. When you see an ant, eat it to

make your voice good. When you are getting married, do not wear your wedding gown before the wedding or else your wedding will canceled. Hanging a horseshoe on a wall with ends pointing up brings good luck. Stepping on a crack in the sidewalk will break your mother's back. Bathing at night is equal to a cup of blood loss. Don't walk under a ladder or else you'll have bad luck. No

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