Scientific Method, Safety, Class Procedures – Merson’s class

Question Answer
The FIRST step of the scientific method ASK A QUESTION or state the problem
The SECOND step of the scientific method Do RESEARCH on the subject.
The THIRD step of the scientific method Form a HYPOTHESIS
The FOURTH step of the scientific method Make an EXPERIMENT
THE FIFTH step of the scientific method Study and ANALYZE data
The SIXTH step of the scientific method Draw your CONCLUSION
What should you do if your hypothesis doesn't come out the way you hoped? RETHINK/REVISE your hypothesis
INDEPENDENT VARIABLE- another name? MANIPULATED VARIABLE
DEPENDENT VARIABLE – another name? RESPONDING VARIABLE
Which AXIS is the independent variable plotted on? X-axis
Which AXIS is the dependent variable plotted on? Y-axis
The group that does NOT receive any 'experimentation'. It's the group that gets the 'usual' treatment. CONTROL GROUP
The group that gets special 'experimentation'. The EXPERIMENTAL GROUP
The VARIABLE that you are applying or changing that's different than usual. The INDEPENDENT VARIABLE
The VARIABLE that you are measuring, or hoping to see change The DEPENDENT VARIABLE
The things you keep the SAME in every experiment The CONSTANTS
An EDUCATED GUESS HYPOTHESIS
Your data should always be drawn into one of these. (which you have used a RULER to draw!) DATA TABLE
Making note of something using one of the SENSES. OBSERVATION
After making an observation, a guess or idea as to why something occurs INFERENCE
OBSERVATION OR INFERENCE?
The room stinks.
OBSERVATION
OBSERVATION OR INFERENCE?
The room stinks like dead fish!
INFERENCE
OBSERVATION OR INFERENCE?
The table is sticky.
OBSERVATION
OBSERVATION OR INFERENCE?
Billy probably spilled his juice on the table.
INFERENCE
OBSERVATION OR INFERENCE?
Mrs. Merson is smiling
OBSERVATION
OBSERVATION OR INFERENCE?
Mrs. Merson is smiling. She must be happy with this class.
INFERENCE
What is the acronym Mrs. Merson uses remember what items to bring to class daily? P.I.P.
What are the three items you must bring to class daily? Pencil, INB, Planner (PIP)
If you fail a test or quiz, how long do you have to retake it? One week
If you get your quiz returned to you on Tuesday, and you want to retake it, when must you do it by? By next Tuesday
Is the 'retake' test the same one? NO – it's a different test entirely. It may be different format, different questions.
Where can you find the homework when you're in class? On the whiteboard under HW (homework)
What happens if I do not bring my INB to class? You will need to take notes on looseleaf paper, then recopy them into the notebook.
What if I'm absent? Where can I find out my assignments or powerpoints I missed? On Mrs. Merson's website calendar, or downloads
Name four safety features of our science lab/backroom Answers may include: Fire extinguisher, smoke alarm, emergency drench hose, emergency shower, intercom, eye wash station
If heating a test tube, how can you protect yourself from fire? Tie back long hair, roll up your (long) sleeves
True or false? It's ok to eat or drink in the science room. False!
True or false? Any liquid can be poured down the sink. False! Certain chemicals are very dangerous. Always check with teacher first.
If your lab partner wants to try his "OWN" experiment, what should you do? Tell teacher. Never 'experiment' on your own without permission.
TRUE OR FALSE? It's ok to take dissected frog body parts home in your pockets. NO! All parts are disposed of properly.

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