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What is the difference between a hypotheses and a theory?


In the media, Internet, and even in science these two terms are used as if they can be interchanged. Why is it that they should not be interchanged in everyday conversations. What can we teach the reader about how properly to use these two terms?

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William E Krill Jr (krillco) says

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    David Stillwell (davenmidtown) 4 years ago

    so then there can be weak theories or theories with flaws?


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BlissfulWriter says

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    David Stillwell (davenmidtown) 4 years ago

    it seems like a read somewhere or maybe heard it some place... that in science there is nothing sadder than a theory ruined by a single awkward fact...


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Vivian Sudhir (snerfu) says

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  • Courtney Burke 4 years ago

    No. The question comes first. The hypothesis is the proposed answer to the question. The experiment seeks to validate the hypothesis. The theory is formed from repeated results.

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David Lim (wandererh) says

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    David Stillwell (davenmidtown) 4 years ago

    Is scientific theory the same as a scientific fact... or does that cross a line into what is considered a law... i.e the law of gravity?


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Courtney Burke says

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    David Stillwell (davenmidtown) 4 years ago

    @ Courtney Burke: awesome answer... Sadly, I have hear these terms interchanged in a science setting... It is usally a clear sign that whomever is talking may not be the expert that they claim to be. I also hear theory used extensively in politics.

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