It was the finals of the 2004 swimming state championships. I was seated second in the 100-yard individual breaststroke. My heart was pounding as I swam my warm up laps. I would have to drop about a second or so to have any shot at the title and the gold. I hopped out of the warm up pool, and headed over to grab my towel and work out a strategy plan with my coach. The first order of business was to address the main problem. I needed to win. My coach had gathered information on my competition. We knew her best personal times, the way she trained, and how much she had rested for this meet. From all of this info being hurriedly spoken to in my ear, as I made my way to the blocks, enabled me to make the guess that if I made my move on the middle of the third lap, I would have a chance of winning. It was settled. I would hang on my competitor’s hip till about 75% through the race, then make my move. It was time to race. I took a deep breath, pressed my hands firmly to my goggles, and before I knew it, I was off. First turn, then the second, it was now time to make my move. I gave it all that I had, banked off of the last turn, and headed home for the win. I hit the wall and turned my head, I had done it! First place was mine. I had overcome the problem, and had come out victorious. This problem, which in turn happened to turn out great, nonetheless can easily be compared to the scientific method.
The steps of the scientific method are as follows, Identify a problem, gather information, make a hypothesis, test the hypothesis, experimental design, make observations, assemble tables and graphs, support or reject hypothesis based on data, and lastly publish results. My personnel problem can be compared to the scientific method. First off I had a problem of needing to win the race. Second, my coach was able to collect information on my competition. Next, from that information, my coach and I were able to... [continues]
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