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The Research Question in the Sciences

This guide will help you formulate a quality research question when dealing with topics in the sciences.

Observational-Relational Question

Observational-Relational question examines the question of whether two or more variables effect, or do not effect, each other under a given set of circumstances.  

Examples include:

  • If two orbiting objects are traveling at the same speed, does that necessarily mean that they are being acted upon with the same amount of gravitational force?
  • If two cattle are kept under similar conditions and are fed the same amount of cattle feed, will they reliably and predictably gain the same amount of weight?
  • Do two similar size samples of sodium react with water in a similar manner when all other variables are kept consistent?