# The Scientific Method

Topics: Scientific method, Observation, Science Pages: 2 (753 words) Published: June 9, 2011
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The scientific method is a series of steps used to identify and execute hypothesies in an attempt to clarify scientific processes. The scientific method will be applied to the following scenario: ●You arrive home late at night. You walk up to the front door, unlock it, and reach in to turn on the light switch located just inside the front door. The light does not come on! Now what? Accoring to the scientific method the first step in this situation would be to state the problem. The problem is obviously that the light will not come on. The second part of the scientific method would be to make observations about the past statement. Obviously the light will not come on so I would look across the room to see if other electrical devices are working in order to determine if the supply of electricity into the house is flowing and it is judging by the glowing lamp on the side table. The switch seems to be operating judging by feel and sound of the clicking noise as the switch is operated. I look up and do indeed see a bulb screwed into the light fixtured. It appears that the light should come on when the switch is activated. The third part of the scientific method would be to state a hypothesis: If I replace the light bulb with a new one, then the light should come on. I then acquire a new bulb from the pantry and attempt to execute my expierement. The new bulb also did not come on when the switch was activated. Since I have replaced the old bulb with a known new and operational bulb, I know the bulb is not the problem. Since my hypothesis did not appear to be true, I must come up with another: If I replace the switch, then the light should come on. At this point, I know that electricity is flowing into the structure and there is an operationally known bulb now in the fixture. The only variable could be the switch which is responsible for interrupting the current flow in order to...