Have you ever had a problem that you needed to solve or a question

 

Have you ever had a problem that you needed to solve or a question that you needed answered? How did you go about finding the solution or answer? Scientists use a systematic approach called the scientific method to obtain reliable knowledge that results in “good” science as opposed to haphazard or incomplete “bad” science. This problem-solving approach is not only for scientists, however. It is a useful method for anyone seeking solid answers to questions. For this week’s Discussion, you will be asked to think about a time in your life when you may have used the scientific method to answer a problem.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review the scientific method and information about what makes good science on pages 10–14 of the course text, The Good Earth.
  • Also review the following websites from the Learning Resources:
    • How the Scientific Method Works
    • What Is Inquiry?

By Day 3

Post your own explanation of the role and importance of critical thinking and of using the scientific method—both in an earth science class and in everyday life. Next, briefly describe a situation in your own life where you used the scientific method, or elements of the scientific method, to solve a problem. Your description should:

  • Describe whether the process you followed was either inductive or deductive.
  • Identify your observations and hypotheses.

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