Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Hypothesis and Variables

If I use red as the colour of the light the balsam plant will make an Increase amount of starch while if i use blue it will produce a decrease in the amount of starch

Our Experiment Focus on the dependant Variable which is the amount of the starch the Balsam Plant will make.

The Three Types of Variables are the Independent Variable, The Dependant Variable and The Controlled Variable, respectively.


The independent variable is the one that is changed by the scientist. To ensure a fair Test, a good experiment has only one independent variable. As the scientist changes the independent variable, he or she observes what happens.
The scientist focuses his or her observations on the dependent variable to see how it responds to the change made to the independent variable. The new value of the dependent variable is caused by and depends on the value of the independent variable. 
For example, if you open a faucet (the independent variable), the quantity of water flowing (dependent variable) changes in response--you observe that the water flow increases. The number of dependent variables in an experiment varies, but there is often more than one.
Experiments also have controlled variables. Controlled variables are quantities that a scientist wants to remain constant, and he must observe them as carefully as the dependent variables. For example, if we want to measure how much water flow increases when we open a faucet, it is important to make sure that the water pressure (the controlled variable) is held constant. That's because both the water pressure and the opening of a faucet have an impact on how much water flows. If we change both of them at the same time, we can't be sure how much of the change in water flow is because of the faucet opening and how much because of the water pressure. In other words, it would not be a fair test. Most experiments have more than one controlled variable. Some people refer to controlled variables as "constant variables."

Extracted From http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_variables.shtml#whatarevariables

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Scientific Method


The Scientific Method 
The Scientific Method is an organized way of answering a science question. While different teachers and scientists have different versions of the Scientific Method, here are the typical six parts:
  1. Purpose- What do you want to learn and find out?
  2. Research- Find out as much as you can about the topic.
  3. Hypothesis- Try to predict the answer to the problem or future. Another term for a hypothesis is ‘educated guess’. This is usually stated like ” If I…(do something) then…(this will occur)
  4. Seeking Funds- This is to get money to be able to continue the research
  5. 4. Assess Profitability of Research-  help to find out if the  Research is  monetarily worth pursuing in the first place.
  6. Experiment- Design a test or procedure to confirm or disprove your hypothesis.
  7. Analysis- Record what happened during the experiment. Also known as ‘data’.
  8. Conclusion- Review the data and check to see if your hypothesis was correct.
The scientific method is used all over the world every day to make new discoveries.


Intro

Hi. This is our ISS Blog. We are Group J from S2-05 2016.

Group Roles
Leader: Soh Kai Le
Member: Sng Zhi Heng