Scientific Method and TAILS for graphing.
|Purpose/Problem||During this step of the Scientific Method you ask yourself "What do you want to learn?"|
|Research||During this step of the Scientific Method you find out as much about your topic as you can.|
|Hypothesis||In this step of the Scientific Method you predict the answer to the purpose/problem.|
|Experiment||This is the step where you design a test to confirm or disprove your hypothesis.|
|Analysis||You record what happened, look at and interpret the data.|
|Conclusion||During this step you answer the question, "Does the data support my hypothesis?"|
|control||The factor in an experiment that remains the same.|
|dependent variable||This is the factor that is being tested.|
|independent variable||The factor that affects the value of the dependent variable.|
|What does the T in TAILS stand for?||T stands for title. It may be written as a statement or it may ask a question.|
|What does the A in TAILS stand for?||A stands for axes. the dependent variable goes on the Y axis and the independent variable goes on the X axis.
Remember, DRY MIX.
|What does the I in TAILS stand for?||I stands for intervals. Intervals on each axis must be equally spaced.|
|What does the L in TAILS stand for?||L stands for labels.
Both axes must be labeled and units included if applicable.
|What does the S in TAILS stand for?||S stands for scale. the data points must fill the graphing area.|
|When do you use a bar graph?||You use a bar graph to compare two or more things.|
|When do you use a line graph?||You use a line graph to show how something changes over time or to show the relationship between two quantities as those quantities are changing.|
|When should you use a pie graph (circle graph)?||This graph gives you a quick view of the relationships among parts of a whole.|