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What is Hypothesis?

What is Hypothesis?
Hypothesis is used in scientific experiments. It is a rationalization for an event, which can be investigated in various ways that may ultimately disprove or proves itself. During the course of performing the experimentation, the hypothesis is deemed to be true. The main goal of the one performing the research is that the terms of hypothesis must be meticulously put on to test. Hypothesis is actually a vital part of the scientific method.

Other scientific disciplines also acknowledge the importance of this part of the scientific method. Other disciplines such as history had also proven the worth of hypothesis in proving some relevant historical issues. A researcher performing the experiment must not be biased when testing the hypothesis. The point of view of the person performing the research should not be focused on testing it.

The researcher must also not know or expect an outcome of possible examinations prior to the making of the hypothesis. The formulation of hypothesis requires the application of the principles of the scientific method. A researcher must keep in mind that hypothesis must be devised in an approach where it is testable. Moreover, it is also necessary that its design must allow other people to reproduce it. The key characteristics of a good hypothesis are that it must be straightforward and apparent. Moreover, it must also depend on recognized data and analysis.

Typically, a hypothesis must not be necessarily right or wrong. However, the individual devising it must be expected to be well prepared to put the theory to the test. The theory must be tested to its limits. The researcher must be ready to perform several tests for a certain theory. One must not rely on a single test but rather perform several tests that will both prove and disprove such theory. Several testing must be done until the person performing the test holds a much stronger case.

On the other hand, an individual performing such tests for hypothesis must not expect that it will always turn out to be correct. There will be some instances that a hypothesis will turn out to be incorrect. This, however, is considered completely acceptable. It must be considered as such because it is still deemed to expand the cause of science. Tests that turn a hypothesis wrong will urge the researcher to do further testing. In turn, a researcher must put into writing detailed steps done in proving or disproving such hypothesis.

Testing the hypothesis must not stop a researcher from performing just a few tests. This is especially true when the hypothesis is proven wrong at the initial attempts. A hypothesis turning out to be incorrect may still cause something else. Whether the hypothesis is proven or disproven, the most important thing is that the researcher made a stronger case. On the other hand, if after rigorous tests and the result of the experiment appears to be inconclusive, the result is still considered acceptable. The reason for this is that the person performing the test lacks the necessary tools or it may be a cause of incomplete information.

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Posted by Jodel X on Mar 7th, 2011 and filed under Science. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response via following comment form or trackback to this entry from your site