E is more than one way to "science, different sources describe the steps of the scientific method in different ways. Some list three steps, some four and some five., and some even as many as seven steps. In the end however, they incorporate the same concepts and principles.

Scientists and those who study science don't sit around with a five-step checklist that they feel obligated to follow. In fact, the process is quite fluid and open to interpretation and modification. One scientist might spend much of his career in the observation stage. Another scientist may never spend a great deal of time designing and running experiments.

This method is also not reserved for highly trained scientists, in fact anyone trying to solve a problem can use it. You have probably used it in your Science class more than once yourself!