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Scientific Method Explained and Illustrated

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The scientific method is the process scientists have used over time to answer questions about the world. Though there are many variations to how scientists “do science,” there are some basic steps that can be applied to the process to create a logical problem-solving approach. That said, these are not set in stone and scientists often use a variation of this approach. Here is a general model to follow.

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The Scientific Method Illustrated

Here is an illustrated example of how the scientific method can be used to answer a simple question. Follow the steps to see how the proccess works.

scientific method illustrated
scientific method illustrated

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Amsel, Sheri. "Scientific Method Explained and Illustrated" Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2023. March 24, 2023
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