Study vs Experiment
Study and experiment are two interrelated concepts of great importance in higher studies. There are courses that are based purely on theory, while there are others that require many experiments to prove a hypothesis. There may be similar goals of both a study and an experiment, but the methodologies of the two vary widely. Those who desire higher education often face a dilemma as to whether to opt for a study or an experiment-based course. This article attempts to highlight the characteristics of both to allow students to choose between the two types of courses depending on their aptitude.
The experiment is a vital part of studies and many courses make it mandatory for students to participate in experiments to complete the course. There are observational studies that require the recording of events, how and when they happen, and drawing conclusions to make an analysis of these observations. These studies require minimal human intervention in contrast to experimental studies, where a more methodical approach is required to test an established hypothesis. Experimental methods also require researchers to make observations, but these observations are like readings that can be compared to previous studies done in the field to make comparisons.
The observational study should be carried out when the nature of the study is such when it does not conform to the established parameters. When the study is such that the laboratory settings cannot do justice to the study objectives, it is best to steer clear of the experiment and conduct the study through observation.
What is the difference between study and experiment?
• The study can be theoretical, observational or experimental, as the case may be.
• The observational study does not require human intervention, and if it does, it is at a minimal level
• On the other hand, the experiment requires a lot of human intervention.