The Five Steps of the Scientific Method 1.) Ask a TESTABLE Question 2.) Form a Hypothesis 3.) Conduct an Experiment 4.) Analyze Data 5.) Create a Conclusion
When following the steps of the scientific method the first step is to ask a testable question. Using an "if, than statement" can help structure this question but it is not required. Testable questions connect to scientific concepts instead of an opinion or a belief. They can always be answered using an experiment.
The second step of the scientific method is Forming a Hypothesis. A hypothesis is an educated guess (what you think the answer to your testable question is). You can take what you already know about the topic of your testable question and form a hypothesis from that information.
The third step of the scientific method is Conducting an Experiment. There is not always a control group in an experiment but they help give reliable data. There is also the independent variable that is changed on purpose and the dependent variable that changes depending on the independent variable.
The fourth step of the scientific method is to Analyze your Data. Data can be analyzed a number of different ways, including bar graphs, tables, line graphs and pie charts. Analyzing data helps answer your question and determine whether your hypothesis was correct.
The fifth and final step to the scientific method is Create a Conclusion. The conclusion should state whether or not your hypothesis was correct. It should also explain how your data goes with your hypothesis (whether it supports or contradicts it).