20 April 2014
The scientific method is the process of research in which an observation is made and information is gathered, a hypothesis is made, and experiment is taken place to understand the observation. There are six parts to a scientific experiment. The first part is the observation; the event that has taken place. The second part is the question; what caused the particular event to take place. The third and most important part is the hypothesis; the premise or explanation for what occurred. A hypothesis also known as an educated guess. The fourth part is the prediction; indication of what’s to experiment based on the hypothesis. The fifth step is the experiment. The experiment is conducted and determines the conclusion ...view middle of the document...
After the observation step there are three hypothesis to choose from. Based on my knowledge and the observation I chose that there may be electrical problems with the car because the care is doing nothing. I like to weed out the easy options first, therefore of the two predictions I made the prediction that the car will start if I replaced the fuses. I clicked the experiment tab so that the experiment would be conducted. The final picture was the man beside his car with the hood closed and smiling. Based on the photo my hypothesis was correct.
There will always be times when the scientific method can help answer why something is the way it is or it can help solve and fix a problem. While deployed in Afghanistan I was appointed as my units Information Management Officer and at times we would have power outages, computer systems would shut down, and people were no longer able to log onto systems. I was extremely new at the job so I didn’t always know the answer when something was wrong so I had to experiment. In the world of Information Technology the scientific method is known as trouble shooting. I will list the steps on how I would fix a computer that doesn’t let anyone log on.
1. Observation: when someone tries the log in they receive an error message that states “system cannot log on”
2. Question: Why won’t the system let anyone log on?
3. Hypothesis: The system has lost connection to the network.
4. Prediction: The computer will work if I disconnect and reconnect land line to port and power restart the computer.
5. Experiment: I disconnected/reconnected the lines and did a power restart.
6. Conclusion/result: Myself and co-workers are now able to log on to the computer. The system is back on the network.
This has happened at work multiple times and sometimes the hypothesis doesn’t always work. I will often have to reboot the central computer system or check the network switch box.