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Dear Kacey, An experiment is usually used as a way of demonstrating some important fact of science or an experimental technique or process. The expected results are usually known by the teacher who has assigned the experiment to the class or student. On the other hand, Research, involves doing an experiment, usually to discover something new and unknown or to test someone else's results. The outcome is usually unknown, but it may have been predicted in the hypothesis that has been proposed by the experimenter or researcher. I would suggest that you go look up and read about the scientific method in your science book or on the internet or in an encyclopedia. If you have trouble finding information on this subject, please contact me through the mad scientist website and I will try to find and send you information and/or links to the information. By the way, this is a very good and important question to ask and understand, as it's answer is the basis for how all scientific studies are conducted and why science works the way it does. Keep up the good question asking and keep searching for the answers and you will turn into a responsible and informed citizen and better yet a great scientist if that is what you want to become. Good luck in your school work and studies!
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