Pronunciation: /haɪˈpɒ θə sɪs/ Explain
An hypothesis is a statement that is believed
to be true, that is to be proved. A theory is a statement that has been proved
and generally accepted. Five
for judging the usefulness of an hypothesis are:
- Testability - Can the hypothesis be checked using existing technology and theories.
- Simplicity - Does the hypothesis have just a few main points.
- Scope - Does the hypothesis cover
- Fruitfulness - What is the possibility that the hypothesis will explain or help
prove other cases in the future.
- Conservatism - How well does the hypothesis fit with current theories.
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Cite this article as:
McAdams, David E. Hypothesis. 7/18/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/h/hypothesis.html.
7/16/2018: Removed broken links, updated license, implemented new markup, implemented new Geogebra protocol. (McAdams, David E.)
2/10/2010: Added "References". (McAdams, David E.)
9/16/2008: Initial version. (McAdams, David E.)