Scientific Method

Scientific Method

Author: Nathan Lampson

This lesson will introduce the scientific method and explain how to use the scientific method to gather data and help set up an experiment.

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Terms to Know

A test set up to explain a phenomenon.


An educated guess or explanation of a phenomenon.

Scientific Method

A series of steps scientists can use as a guideline to solve a problem or examine a phenomenon.

Scientific Theory

An explanation of an observation that has been rigorously tested.


A factor in an experiment that can be changed or manipulated.