|Title||Scientific Method Steps|
|Publication Type||Web Article|
|Year of Publication||2012|
|Authors||Anne Marie Helmenstine, PD|
|Access Date||Agu 23, 2012|
The scientific method1 is a method for conducting an objective investigation. The scientific method involves making observations and conducting an experiment to test a hypothesis2. The number of steps of the scientific method isn't standard. Some texts and instructors break up the scientific method into more or fewer steps. Some people start listing steps with the hypothesis, but since a hypothesis is based on observations (even if they aren't formal), the hypothesis usually is considered to be the second step. Here are the usual steps of the scientific method.