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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.

Causal: Cause and Effect

Attempts to determine if changing one variable in a known and or contained habitat has a measurable effect on another variable or set of variables within that same area or habitat.

Examples of Causal Research Questions:

  • Does an increase in the average temperature in their environmental niche effect the start date of the annual southerly migration of ruby throated hummingbirds?
  • Does the total mass of a sample of sodium effect the speed at which it completely reacts with water?
  • Does the mass of an object orbiting a gravitational center effect the speed at which the object revolves around it?