notes 11 16 - ↓ →Retain Hypothesis true ↓ Theory –...

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The Scientific Method Observation – b4 you make a hypothesis you must have something to describe. Something physical, natural, real. Observe something to know it is real Hypothesis – a wild/rough guess. How could this have happened? Possible explanation of what has happened. Explain how and why something has happened, do it well enough to make certain accurate predictions. Be able to say else will be found. HOW-WHY-PREDICT. Look at was has happened in the past < historical, not all experimentation. Make a prediction, and test the prediction, to prove it wrong, seldom goin to prove something to be true. Test against additional observation and data – test your hypothesis with more observations. →Reject Hypothesis - false →Revise Hypothesis – change to be true
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Unformatted text preview: ↓ →Retain Hypothesis - true ↓ Theory – extremely dificult to prove (things could change by coming from a whole different angle ↑→test (disprove, modify, or keep) ↓ ↓ Fact or Law ↓ Not w/ how nature works TC Chamberlain – 1910 Multiple Working Hypothesis – so you don't overlook evidence Accuracy – closest to correct number vs. Precision – imply false sense of accuracy Occam's Razor K.I.S.S. – keep it simple student – the simpler the more likely you are to being correct Correlation vs. Cause & Effect – many people give correlation while implying cause and effect – question it Absence of evidence vs. Evidence of Absence ∟don't know Disagreement – argueable w/ evidence vs. Controversy – nothing against it, no evidence...
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This note was uploaded on 03/11/2008 for the course GEOSC 021 taught by Professor Zellpaul during the Spring '08 term at Penn State.

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notes 11 16 - ↓ →Retain Hypothesis true ↓ Theory –...

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