With the bathtub full of warm water – to simulate rising temperatures – I gingerly lay the ice cube in the tub and waited. 1…2…2 and a half. 3 minutes in, my large block of ice was sweating cold water, sliding down the sides, entering the tub, one drop at a time. As the water level rose, I grinned, for the power I experienced at that moment was unlike anything I’d ever experienced.
Control. A controlled experiment.
Until the bathtube overflowed, covering the bathroom floor with enough water to submerge my darling feet (full disclosure – I was wearing galoshes), I experienced the experience of losing control.
Anticipating the flood, I had also placed my daughter’s stuffed animal, a polar bear, on the bathroom floor. It didn’t swim as well as I had hoped.
Postscript: Inspired by the classic rubber duck, in a follow-up ‘controlled’ experiment the stuffed polar bear was substituted with a plastic one, since plastic floats beautifully in water.
Now, the Yeppo Talks Podcast.
Show Notes for How to Conduct a Controlled Experiment:
00:22 Form a Hypothesis
00:28 Test the Hypothesis
00:34 Evaluate the Hypothesis