# Problem with formulating my research question - pls help! watch

1. Hi all,

I’m writing my high school final Biology project and I really need your help.

I’ve already done everything and the work is essentially ready but I still have problems with a proper formulation of the research question (it has to explicitly stated as a one-sentence question).

So, I conducted an experiment which measured the impact of two different tomato seed extraction methods (fermentation and HCL treatment) on the germination success of these seeds. More specifically, there were 3 independent variables measured and 1 dependent:

Independent:
- Temperature of fermentation (there were two groups: 25 C and 35 C)- Time of fermentation (there were 5 groups: 12h, 24h, 48h, 72h, 96h)- Time of HCL treatment (there were 4 groups: 10min, 30min, 1h, 2h) Dependent:
- number of germinated seeds

I’ve formulated two research questions and I don’t know which is better… Also, I think that both are too confusing:
1 - What are the optimal temperature for tomato seed extraction using fermentation method and optimal times for tomato seed extraction using fermentation method as well as HCL treatment method?

2- What temperature and time of seeds’ fermentation extraction method as well as time of HCL treatment seeds extraction method result in the biggest germination success in tomato?

Could you please tell me which one is better? Or maybe formulate a new, much better research question?

2. " I’ve formulated two research questions and I don’t know which is better… Also, I think that both are too confusing:
1 - What are the optimal temperature for tomato seed extraction using fermentation method and optimal times for tomato seed extraction using fermentation method as well as HCL treatment method?

2- What temperature and time of seeds’ fermentation extraction method as well as time of HCL treatment seeds extraction method result in the biggest germination success in tomato? "

1. a) Should read "what is the optimal temperature"
b) Repetition of the word "optimal" - should not use the same word twice in one sentence

2. a) In a scientific paper, it is not advisable to use an inanimate object as a possessive noun i.e. "seed's fermentation method".

I would suggest you use something in the lines of below:

"What are the optimal factors that influence tomato seed germination: temperature or duration of fermentation on the one hand or treatment with hydrochloric acid on the other?"

Hope his works for you!

M (specialist biology tutor)

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