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What is a scientific question?
have real but unknown answers
seek to clarify or expand existing knowledge
are testable and repeatable
- Don't just pick a topic. Focus in on an problem or idea that interests you.
- Brainstorm several questions you have or others may have related to your area of focus.
- Eliminate any of the questions that can't be answered through direct observation or by gathering evidence.
- Rethink broad questions. Break them into smaller questions that could be investigated one at a time (through a series of experiments).
- Rewrite remaining questions to that they can be answered through experimentation. Your questions could:
- seek to clarify existing information
- identify relationships
- refine a model
- challenge a premise or theory
- address a design problem in existing research
- add new information to our understanding of a problem.
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