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Justin H:

Mineral Identification Report


method is an orderly way of organizing your thoughts. Scientists use it too, so why cant we? 1. State the problem (the objective in the form of a question). 2. Gather information. 3. Form a hypothesis. 4. Experiment! 5. Record and analyze data. 6. Form a conclusion. 7. Communicate results.

= Sulfur

Do you think the steps below of the scientific method must be followed in order? Yes, because the scientific

Now that you are done researching and identifying your mineral fill-in the information for each step of the scientific method below. Then, number which step was first, second, etc. Objective: Use the steps of the scientific method to identify a mystery mineral. Materials: -Mineral -Streak Plate -Mohs Hardness Minerals -Magnet -Word Mineral Identification Data Sheet -A-Z Mineral Identification Website -Google Images -

Procedure: 1. Mr. Finan gave me a mineral. 2. I tested it for all the different ways to identify it. 3. I went to all the different websites and tested my data against minerals. 4. I made two guesses, and then Mr. Finan revealed it.

1. State the problem. (Hint: Just write the objective above in the form of a question.) How can I use the scientific method to identify a mystery mineral? 2. Gather information. (Look it up and/or ask an expert) *see the attached Mineral Identification Data Sheet 3. Form a hypothesis. Write a statement that tells what mineral you think yours is (your two guesses). My hypothesis is that my mineral could be either Sulfur or Barite Rose. Personally, Im going with Sulfur.

4. Start the experiment! (Follow the procedure.) 5. Record and analyze data. *see the attached Mineral Identification Data Sheet 6. Form a conclusion. This must be a paragraph that includes:
An answer to the problem (question 1). How your hypothesis compares with the actual results. (Was your hypothesis correct? If not, how close were you?) A description of your mineral and what helped you find the identification of your mineral the most.

Type your paragraph here

I can use the scientific method to discover a mystery mineral by following the directions, and using good sources. My hypothesis was spot on my mineral. My mineral turned out to be Sulfur, definitely not Barite Rose. My mineral is a triangle-shaped yellow mineral. Color helped me find my mineral the most, even though color has lots of impurities and other stuff. There are not many minerals that are yellow like mine.

7. Communicate your results. Post this report and your Data Sheet where people can see it!
WCS 6th Grade Science