** Please make sure to read the full Scientifc Method Guidelines (https://mycotopia.ne...ou-should-care/) for explanations of terms and for ALL of the details/examples on what goes into each of these components. This is only an abbreviated version to assist you in formatting your thread! **
1. When starting your thread, include these components in your FIRST post:
A. Introduction - What interests you about the topic? What background information can you provide about it for context? What are you hoping to contribute to cultivation?
B. Objective - What are you trying to accomplish in this experiment? Be specific.
C. Hypothesis - What prediction do you make that is measurable and testable regarding the outcome of this experiment? What type of controls will you include to compare to your new experimental treatment? How many samples of each condition will you use, and how many times will this experiment be repeated (by you or by others)?
D. Materials and Methods - What specific procedures and steps will you follow to conduct the experiment? What types of materials (jars, bags, glovebox, etc.) and amounts of ingredients (product brands, weights, volumes, etc.) will you be using? Note: If you have not yet settled on an exact method, you should post your initial ideas and then can leave it open to brainstorming with other topiates, and post the actual method once decided upon. Don't leave it undecided too long or it may get moved into Mad Scientists!
A. Data Collection - What measurements are you recording along the way? What other observations have you made about the progress? POST LOTS OF PICTURES! Tables, graphs, and other visual aides are also encouraged.
3. When wrapping up your experiment, include these components in your FINAL posts:
A. Data Analysis - After calculating your final averages/ratios/results, what is the "bottom line" about what the data indicates when comparing your experimental and control treatments? Tables, graphs, and other visual aides are again encouraged!
B. Evaluation of Hypothesis - When critically reflecting on the data, the methodology, and any other factors that may have played a role in this experimental outcome, do you find that the hypothesis is SUPPORTED or NOT SUPPORTED by the experiment? (Important: A hypothesis is never PROVEN - it takes much more than we're expecting here to "prove" something as definitive fact. Please avoid language about "proving" things!)
C. Final Thoughts - How do you feel like it went? Is there anything you would have done differently or would like to improve upon? Do you have suggestions for future experiments that could be done on this topic?
Edited by TurkeyRanch, 20 December 2014 - 09:36 PM.