|Lab Activity 1: Scientific Methods|
The Mystery Box
There's More Than Meet the Eye
The scientific method involves a series of steps that help scientist solve problems and to better understand how the world operates. Learning how to solve problems and to think critically will be much more important in this class than simply memorizing facts.
As you saw in class today, there is something going on inside the mystery box. It appears to be magic… is it really? You can use the scientific method to help you come up with a plan for finding out how the strings are arranged inside the box.
Your job is to use the scientific method to come up with a sketch or model of how you think the strings are arranged or connected inside the mystery box. Remember that your final sketch or model must be supported by observations that you make and evidence that you obtain while performing experiments with your mystery box.
Your grade will not be based on whether you come with a correct solution. However, your grade will be based on whether or not you apply scientific method to logically and clearly solve the mystery.
Propose a hypothesis and sketch it here.
Build a model of your hypothesis and test it. Make observation and record data in a table you create.
Make a new hypothesis if necessary and repeat step 4 until your model acts like the Mystery Box and you are ready to draw a conclusion
Conclusion: How do you think the strings are arranged? (Please sketch) What evidence do you have to support your claim?
Remember to answer the analysis questions on a separate sheet of paper and staple to this page.