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What is a Hypothesis?

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An educated guess.

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See your not really clueless. green
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hy·poth·e·sis

[ h? póth?ssiss ]


1.theory needing investigation: a tentative explanation for a phenomenon, used as a basis for further investigation.
2.assumption: a statement that is assumed to be true for the sake of argument
3.antecedent clause: in logic, the antecedent of a conditional statement


You do know you can "bing" these types of things don't you?

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Or Google.. ;-)
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i hypoothisize youve got a funny accent... say"thats not a knife"(kidding

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Here's an easy way to think about what a hypothesis is: say you observe something - like rust on some metal. You're then curious as to where this rust came from. You gather more data - you find out that the rusted metal had been lying out for a while and was exposed to rain. You then remember something you read in a chemistry text about oxidation. You now make an educated guess as to why the metal rusted - because something in the rain chemically affected the metal. You would then design an experiment to test your hypothesis - maybe set up other pieces of non-rusted metal and expose them to the same conditions to see if they too rust. If they do, you have proven your hypothesis to to true (you should have others do similar experiments to confirm or deny your hypothesis as well) - you then dig deeper - and ask, for example, "what is the mechanism of action that causes metal to rust?" You research metals, atomic structures, oxidative stress, etc. and make a deeper hypothesis - and repeat the whole process again. When you're at the cutting edge of creating new knowledge - and your hypothesis is un-falsifiable, your hypothesis is now re-labeled a "scientific theory" - and stands as such until proven incorrect.

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A theory that needs investigating to prove true or false.

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you need to know about two words:
1)Theory
2)Hypothesis

theory is something that is already verified and can be directly used to solve or deal with other problems for example say pythagorean theoram is directly used by millions of people every day because it is already verified.

whereas a hypothesis is something that is proposed and is not actually verified. for example i can propose a hypothesis suggesting that all matter is made up tiny particles that look like little chewing gums and can stretch and come back in one-tenth of a second. now this i can propose using only one point of view but for it to turn into a theory, it must be verified from all points of view and must stand for itself.

i hope i helped :)

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