Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0321910419
ISBN 13: 978-0-32191-041-7

Chapter 1 - Introduction: Matter and Measurement - Additional Exercises: 1.86f


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A hypothesis is a prediction based on observations. Experiments and tests must be performed in order to determine whether a hypothesis is true or false. Thus, a hypothesis may only be backed up by a small amount of research. A theory, contrarily, is backed up by a large amount of research. A common misconception is that a scientific theory is just a guess or prediction. However, a scientific theory is not developed without extensive observation, experimentation, and peer review.
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