What is a scientific theory?
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The scientific theory first starts with the development of a hypothesis. A hypothesis deals with the best estimation, based on scientific knowledge and assumptions, of the results of an experiment. A hypothesis typically leads to the crucial questions that must be addressed in the lab: did you find what you expected to find? Why or why not? The point of an experiment is to test the hypothesis.
It consists of a set of related ideas about nature. They have been thoroughly tested by many scientists and proven to be true about about a certain aspect of nature. It can be used tomake accurate oredictions and estimates about new situations not well understood yet. This means that if a theory proves to be the truth, then something else could have a similar behavior as well.
an idea or belief that tries to explain why and how something in nature occurs
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