# Scientific Methods Worksheet

Scientific Method Worksheet
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Step 1: Put the steps of the scientific method in the correct order.

Do background research
Analyze results
Construct a hypothesis
Draw conclusions
Test with an experiment

Step 2: Using the below synopsis, match each of the steps of the scientific method to its corresponding statement.

Synopsis: Jenny has been working hard all summer on her tomato garden. Recently, she noticed that
insects have been eating her tomatoes and tomato plants and she is worried about spraying them with harmful, store-bought pesticides.

Jenny states that if she sprays her vegetables with a natural, homemade solution to help fight
the bug problem, then her vegetables will still grow to the same size as they would if she used
store bought pesticides____________________________

Jenny sprays one third of her vegetables with store bought pesticides , one third of her vegetables with her homemade solution, and does not spray the remaining third (her control group) ____________________________

After one week, Jenny compares and tests the differences in her vegetables____________________________

Jenny wonders how she can protect her plants from bugs without harming the
vegetables____________________________

Jenny determines that her homemade solution was just as effective as the store-bought
pesticides____________________________

Jenny goes to the library and looks up different kind of pesticides and their effect on vegetables and also looks up natural remedies to help solve her bug problem____________________________

Identify the independent variable and the dependent variable.

1. Christine investigated how fast one year old Persian cats reacted to different whistles.

Independent Variable ______________________________________________
Dependent Variable _______________________________________________

2. Identify the independent variable, dependent variable, and constants.
Mario studied how far room temperature tap water would spurt out of a plastic milk carton when 3 mm holes were punched at different heights from the bottom of the container.

Independent Variable ______________________________________________
Dependent Variable _______________________________________________
Constants _______________________________________________________
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3. Identify the independent variable and dependent variable in each hypothesis.
a. If different motor oils are put in water, then they will float at different heights on the water.

Independent Variable________________________________________
Dependent Variable __________________________________________

b. If the number of twists of a rubber band is increased, then a toy propeller airplane will fly farther.

Independent Variable ________________________________________
Dependent Variable __________________________________________

4. Determine if the hypothesis is supported by the data and explain your answer.
Lamont knew that water made things look larger. He wondered what other liquids such as alcohol and glycerin would do. Lamont thought a pencil would look larger in the thicker liquid (glycerin), followed by water, and then alcohol. In the experiment he rated the increase in pencil size from 1 to 10, with 10 as the largest. His rankings were 7 for glycerin, 5 for water, and 2 for alcohol.

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5. Make a hypothesis about the following using an “If . . . , then . . . “ statement.
a. The time for different size water drops to fall through vegetable oil.
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b. How high an ice cube will float in different temperatures of water.
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