Following the scientific method


Students study the properties of matter

By Charles Warner - cwarner@uniondailytimes.com



Photo courtesy of Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Students in Mrs. Thompson’s 8th Grade Honors Physical Science Class at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School use solids such as baking soda and liquids such as vinegar to determine whether a change in matter is chemical or physical in nature. The students mixed the solids and liquids together, then wrote down their observations of the results and made a formal report on it.


Photo courtesy of Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Students in Mrs. Thompson’s 8th Grade Honors Physical Science Class at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School recently took part in a lab using the scientific method to determine whether a change in matter is chemical or physical in nature. They used liquids and solids, mixing them together and recording their observations of the results and writing a formal report about it.


Photo courtesy of Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Students in Mrs. Thompson’s 8th Grade Honors Physical Science Class at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School observe the results of their mixing solids like corn starch with liquids like water. The students were taking part in a lab to determine whether changes in matter are chemical or physical in nature. As part of the lab, the students were required to record their observations of the results of their experiment and then write a formal report on it.


Photo courtesy of Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Students in Mrs. Thompson’s 8th Grade Honors Physical Science Class at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School use the scientific method to observe and analyze the results of experiments they conducted using solids like salt and liquids like iodine. The experiments were conducted as part of a lab on the properties of matter and the changes they undergo. The students had to determine whether the changes were physical or chemical in nature and then write a report on it.


Photo courtesy of Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Students in Mrs. Thompson’s 8th Grade Honors Physical Science Class at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School mix solids and liquids in an experiment involving the properties of matter and the changes they undergo. The students used the scientific method to observe and analyze the results of their experiments, recording their observations and the making a report on them. The experiments were part of a lab that required students to determine whether the changes they were observing were physical or chemical in nature.


JONESVILLE — What are the physical and chemical properties of matter? What changes do they undergo? How do you determine whether a change that occurs in matter is chemical or physical in nature?

That’s what the students in Mrs. Thompson’s 8th Grade Honors Physical Science Class at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School sought to determine during a recent classroom lab.

The subject of the lab was the physical and chemical properties of matter and the changes they undergo. Students were asked to answer the following question: How do you determine whether a change is chemical or physical?

The students were given the following substances to use in answering that question:

• Baking soda

• Cornstarch

• Salt

Each of these items are solids and so the students mixed each substance with the following liquids:

• Water

• Vinegar

• Iodine

After mixing each solid with each liquid, the students then recorded their observations of the results. They then had to write a formal lab report on their findings.

According to the Oxford Dictionaries website (oxforddictionaries.com) the scientific method is “a method of procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.”

The scientific method is the means by which the human race has, over the past three centuries, come to understand much about the workings of nature and to understand that there is still much to be learned about the natural world of which humanity is part of. The discoveries resulting from humanity’s use of the scientific method have transformed the world and continues to transform it. Given the enormous impact it has had, it is more than appropriate that our schools teach the scientific method to our children and our children learn to use it to help them understand the world around them and continue to change it for the better.

Photo courtesy of Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Students in Mrs. Thompson’s 8th Grade Honors Physical Science Class at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School use solids such as baking soda and liquids such as vinegar to determine whether a change in matter is chemical or physical in nature. The students mixed the solids and liquids together, then wrote down their observations of the results and made a formal report on it.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_JEMS-Science-2.jpgPhoto courtesy of Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Students in Mrs. Thompson’s 8th Grade Honors Physical Science Class at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School use solids such as baking soda and liquids such as vinegar to determine whether a change in matter is chemical or physical in nature. The students mixed the solids and liquids together, then wrote down their observations of the results and made a formal report on it.

Photo courtesy of Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Students in Mrs. Thompson’s 8th Grade Honors Physical Science Class at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School recently took part in a lab using the scientific method to determine whether a change in matter is chemical or physical in nature. They used liquids and solids, mixing them together and recording their observations of the results and writing a formal report about it.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_JEMS-Science-5.jpgPhoto courtesy of Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Students in Mrs. Thompson’s 8th Grade Honors Physical Science Class at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School recently took part in a lab using the scientific method to determine whether a change in matter is chemical or physical in nature. They used liquids and solids, mixing them together and recording their observations of the results and writing a formal report about it.

Photo courtesy of Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Students in Mrs. Thompson’s 8th Grade Honors Physical Science Class at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School observe the results of their mixing solids like corn starch with liquids like water. The students were taking part in a lab to determine whether changes in matter are chemical or physical in nature. As part of the lab, the students were required to record their observations of the results of their experiment and then write a formal report on it.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_JEMS-Science-3.jpgPhoto courtesy of Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Students in Mrs. Thompson’s 8th Grade Honors Physical Science Class at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School observe the results of their mixing solids like corn starch with liquids like water. The students were taking part in a lab to determine whether changes in matter are chemical or physical in nature. As part of the lab, the students were required to record their observations of the results of their experiment and then write a formal report on it.

Photo courtesy of Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Students in Mrs. Thompson’s 8th Grade Honors Physical Science Class at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School use the scientific method to observe and analyze the results of experiments they conducted using solids like salt and liquids like iodine. The experiments were conducted as part of a lab on the properties of matter and the changes they undergo. The students had to determine whether the changes were physical or chemical in nature and then write a report on it.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_JEMS-Science-4.jpgPhoto courtesy of Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Students in Mrs. Thompson’s 8th Grade Honors Physical Science Class at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School use the scientific method to observe and analyze the results of experiments they conducted using solids like salt and liquids like iodine. The experiments were conducted as part of a lab on the properties of matter and the changes they undergo. The students had to determine whether the changes were physical or chemical in nature and then write a report on it.

Photo courtesy of Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Students in Mrs. Thompson’s 8th Grade Honors Physical Science Class at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School mix solids and liquids in an experiment involving the properties of matter and the changes they undergo. The students used the scientific method to observe and analyze the results of their experiments, recording their observations and the making a report on them. The experiments were part of a lab that required students to determine whether the changes they were observing were physical or chemical in nature.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_JEMS-Science.jpgPhoto courtesy of Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Students in Mrs. Thompson’s 8th Grade Honors Physical Science Class at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School mix solids and liquids in an experiment involving the properties of matter and the changes they undergo. The students used the scientific method to observe and analyze the results of their experiments, recording their observations and the making a report on them. The experiments were part of a lab that required students to determine whether the changes they were observing were physical or chemical in nature.
Students study the properties of matter

By Charles Warner

cwarner@uniondailytimes.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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