Applications of the Scientific Method: Everyday Life
Professor Olivia Uitto
August 9, 2015
The scientific method is a process for experimentation used to explore observations and answer questions. It is used unconsciously by many on a daily basis and understanding how to apply the method can be valuable in making decisions and solving problems. For this assignment, I have chosen to use the scientific method to demonstrate how to organize my cluttered apartment to fit two storage units thus eliminating two bills and lowering my debt.
First I will ask a question or make an observation such as how ...view middle of the document...
My second hypothesis would be that the larger storage unit would need to be downsized in order to fit comfortably in my apartment and that would take a longer time but would need to be done before the winter. My third hypothesis would be that my apartment would need to be organized in order to fit the two storage units.
Third, we test the hypothesis by performing experiments to prove whether our idea worked or not. In order to experiment on the smaller storage unit, I first took some pictures of the unit and listed the items inside. I pulled out all the items inside the unit and made measurements, and then I went to my apartment and measured it. I wanted to visualize the experiment, so I made a diagram of how the unit would fit inside my apartment. The measurements showed that the two larger tables would be too big to fit inside and would need to be donated. I also realized that I had multiple items and could sell some of the items to pay off other bills. In order to use the same experiment on the bigger unit, I would need a bit more time. My guess is that I would probably wind up getting rid of a lot of my things from the bigger unit since all the items alone could fill a two story house and I live in a one floor apartment that is a little bigger than a college dorm room.
Fourth, we analyze the experiment to either accept or reject it. Since I know from my visualization exercise that the smaller unit would definitely fit in my apartment with minor modifications, then I could accept this experiment. I would need to reject the experiment for the bigger unit until I have the time to measure every piece and figure out how to fit them into my apartment.
Fifth, I would test a new hypothesis for the bigger unit since the experiment for the smaller one worked. I would make a plan to find some availability in my schedule to visit the bigger unit a few times a week and take out small sections of it. I would use the visualization experiment from the smaller unit and apply the method to the sections I take out. ...