Research Aims and Factors


Science is about understanding the relationships between different phenomena that we observe.

Scientific research is a process of observing these relationships, quantifying their effect, and searching for new relationships.


There are three main categories of scientific investigation:




You need to decide what is involved in your particular project - it might be all three aspects of investigation, but may only involve just one of these aspects.


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Your experiments will be designed to test for the effect of the main factors, but you also need to be aware of other confounding factors that might cause errors or uncertainties in your results.


Note that these aims are just to get you started, and that, as your research progresses, you may need to change your intermediate aims as you discover new information about your topic.