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The Scientific Method
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     challenging words:    scire, investigators, universe, hypothesis, variable, explanation, factor, analyze, theory, tested, pose, textbook, solution, meaning, logical, version


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The Scientific Method
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     What is science? Chances are you have been studying science for a few years now. But science is more than just a few chapters in a textbook. Science is a process. It is a constant search for information about our universe.
 
2     The word science comes from the Latin word, "scire," meaning "to know." Scientists are like crime scene investigators. They use a process to solve a mystery. The process they use is called the scientific method.
 
3     Scientists begin this method by stating a problem. This is a question he or she wants answered. Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue? Or how your skin heals when you cut it? If so, you have taken the first step of the scientific method.
 
4     Before they study it, scientists have to clearly define the problem. Usually they pose a question. For example, they might say, "Which warms faster, water or land?"

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