Where are we going with this? The information on this page is foundational to science and scientific inquiry.
Let's begin by making sure we are all starting at the same place. What is science? Let's go with this:
Science is a system of knowledge about the natural world and the methods used to find that knowledge.
The goal of science is to investigate and understand the natural world (around us) using previous results to make useful predictions.
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If we accept the above, then there must be some means by which knowledge can be gained and utilized. There is!
The scientific method the way that the knowledge is obtained. Thus, we ought to come up with a definition! Let's try…
The Scientific method is…
- a method of procedure consisting of systematic observation, measurement and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.
- It is an organized plan used for gathering, organizing, and communicating information.
Hearing words like "systematic" probably leads you to think, "Hmm… there must be some steps involved." You would be correct!