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 come to the hypothesis that if I made my move in the third lap, I would have a chance in winning the race. Then it was time to test the hypothesis, make an experimental design, and make our observations. I made my move on the third lap, and ended up winning the race. Here the actual race was the experimental design, from which my coach and I were able to make the observations that sense I won, our hypothesis was indeed correct. We could have made a graph showing all the racers in the race if we would have liked. We then were able to support the hypothesis, and also publish any types of results we would have liked. My personnel experience coincides with the scientific method all the way through. We unknowingly pretty much did all of the steps in the scientific method on our own accord. The ones left out such as the graphs were not necessary for my specific problem.
I am currently dealing with the problem of cooking a salmon dinner for my boyfriend. I am a good cook, and really good baker, but I am not as familiar nor as comfortable using the grill. This would be my problem. I need to do a good job grilling salmon for him for our anniversary dinner. So I first need to identify the problem at hand, which is needing to cook a successful meal. Next, the scientific method states that I need to collect information on how to accomplish this task. I went to the local bookstore and bought a book on ways to grill your favorite foods. Now it would be time for me to form my hypothesis. My hypothesis is that if I grill the salmon for 20 minutes on 450 degrees, it will be perfect and juicy in the middle. Then it will be time for me to actually test my hypothesis. My experimental design would be the actual cooking of the salmon. Once I give it a go, I will be able to make observations as it cooks and when it is complete. Tables and graphs will not be needed in this problem I’m facing. Then, depending on how the fish looks and tastes, will...