Monday, January 17, 2011

60-Second good-to-knows 1-17-11

This week’s topic: Science

Scientific methodology steps:
1. Gathering of data and observations ( measurements)
2. Generation of a hypothesis (an idea or model) to explain a pattern or an anomaly seen in the data
3. Testing the hypothesis- designing an experimental program or data-gathering strategy to see if predictions made by the hypothesis are false (Results should be verifiable, and independently tested.)
4. Refinement of the hypothesis as further data is gathered and observations interpreted
5. Publication of data and results of hypothesis testing
6. If the hypothesis can be generalized to fit a wide variety of situations, it becomes a theory.

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