The Scientific Method
Use it, it helps!
State the Problem
Before one can attempt to solve something, he must first properly identify the actual problem. How can you solve what you do not know? It is important to have a cause.
Form A Hypothesis
To form a hypothesis, one should come up with a plausible and logical "guess". This is the part that requires the most intelligence and creativity. This is the heart of the experiment and should be precise. However, this is not a failsafe and can be repeated. So don't sweat it, if you don't succeed the first time.
Design the Procedure
Do police save lives just showing up and start shootings at everything? Well, they're not supposed to. They are supposed to have a plan. A plan can be also referred to as a procedure. Procedures are steps to follow, when going about solving your problem.
Conduct the Experiment
Perform the experiment that you have been long-eager to do! this is the step where you attempt to prove your theory by "testing" your hypothesis. This is one of the most important steps seeing as this is the core. Usually, there will be a control group and an experiment group.
Analyze the data
Once your experiment been completed. It is time to break-down and decode all of the information. This is also a core part. All fact sheets and tables are to be looked over.
Form a Conclusion
After learning all of the information and data, it's time to form a conclusion! You decide what is true and what is not. Also, you need to determine if the hypothesis worked. This is it! Good work! You now know the scientific method, give yourself a pat on the back!