How Might You Investigate Scientific Phenomena?
ES0205  Methodical Approach

Once researchers select a working hypothesis, they choose an appropriate method to investigate the relationship. The goal of the investigation is to collect data that will support or disprove the hypothesis.

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Examples of methods you could use to test for a relationship between vegetation and amount of light include the following:

  • Physically cut and weigh all the vegetation within a small plot of land and compare it with the amount of solar radiation the area received.
  • Expose plants in a laboratory setting to differing amounts of solar radiation, and compare their growth.
  • Choose a specific location on the satellite maps, and quantify the amounts of vegetation and UV exposure there. Compare the two quantities on a graph.

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