Basic science: understanding experiments
Basic science: understanding experiments

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Basic science: understanding experiments

3.1.2 What were your results?

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You should now have completed this week’s experiment and be ready to share your findings with your fellow learners.

Activity 3.1 Experiment 4

Timing: Allow about 15 minutes

Post your results and findings in the course forum thread for this activity [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

  • Were your results similar to Janet’s or were there any differences?
  • Which environments promoted yeast growth and what environments hindered yeast growth?
  • How do the results of your two experiments at body temperature conditions compare?
  • Did you notice any changes with time? If you needed to, how could you display these results?

While it is nice when an experiment goes according to plan, it is often more interesting from a scientific point of view when something odd and unexpected happens. It usually means that there is something exciting going on, or that you need to think about ways to tighten up your experimental skills – both of which are good things. Never feel bad if an experiment goes a bit wonky, that is where the cutting edge stuff happens!

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