• anonymous
"I have a theory on that..." Have you ever had someone tell you their latest theory? Think about a time when a friend, parent, or teacher shared a theory with you. Using your knowledge of scientific theories and hypothesis discuss whether or not this was a theory in the true scientific meaning of the word. Or was it a hypothesis? What is the difference between a hypothesis and a theory?
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  • aaronq
The word theory is often - colloquially - used to mean hypothesis, although incorrectly. A hypothesis is an idea or explanation. A theory is when you have an explanation with replicable, empirical evidence.

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