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Unit 1: Unit 1: Scientific Questions: Inquiry and Methods - Discussion

What’s in the can?

One afternoon, while finishing up your shift as the stock manager at Circus Supermarket, the store manager tells you that he desperately needs some help with an inventory problem. In the back of the store, he shows you an unmarked, unopened tin can and explains that the owners of the store are threatening to fire him and all his staff if they cannot keep track of the items that they sell. There are no inventory records to trace the origin of the can, so he asks you, the stock manager, to help him figure out what is inside.

Unit 1: Unit 1: Scientific Questions: Inquiry and Methods - Discussion

What’s in the can?

My First question would be what type of warehouse was it, in what isle of the warehouse was the can found, what other cans surrounded the can if any. Were any of the cans in the isle similar looking to the one in question, if not what objects or labeling, or postings were found on the shelf surrounding the can in question. What is the shape of the can, is it in the shape of a cylinder, round, or square etc. etc.

Even though there are no shipping documents of the origin of the can in question I would ask the manager for whatever shipping documents he has to see if something was missed and maybe trace what records there are and maybe see if this can came through with another shipment.

I would ask my staff if they might remember anything though minute that might be key to the can in question.

In conclusion the evidence we have been provided at hand can lead us to and innumerable amount of hypothesis. Can we really determine the content of the can, or for that matter determine the outcome with the information provided, I do not think so, not unless we are geniuses.

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