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Identify and discuss the differences between the terms ‘theories,’ ‘laws,’ and...
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A theory is an idea that a scientist has that has. There is evidence that goes against it, but there may be other ways to explain the reason for the phenomenon. For example, the big bang theory.
A law is a rule that has never been disproven. It has strong support and is followed every time. Think of the law of gravity, or Newton's laws.
A hypothesis is an educated guess or prediction to the outcome of an experiment or event. When you perform an experiment, your teacher will probably ask you to make a hypothesis to what the results of your experiment will be. A hypothesis generally has not yet been tested, and will be supported or unsupported based on the results of experimentation.
If a hypothesis is repeatedly tested, it has the possibility to become a theory, or a law. It must also be accepted by the scientific community to be considered such.
Posted by kfrazier0126 on January 9, 2012 at 11:44 AM (Answer #1)
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