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Confusing Science Terms

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  • 1. SCIENCE!Some easily confused terms
  • 2. Science Terms What is the difference between a law, hypothesis, theory, fact, and belief?
  • 3. What is a fact? A basic statement established by experiment or observation. All facts are true under specific conditions.
  • 4. What is a law? A logical relationship between two or more things that is based on a variety of facts and proven hypotheses. It is often a mathematical statement of how two or more quantities relate to each other.
  • 5. What is a hypothesis? A tentative statement such as “if A happens then B must happen” that can be tested by experimentation.
  • 6. What is a theory? An explanation for why certain laws and facts exist that can be tested to determine its accuracy.
  • 7. What is a belief? A statement that is not scientifically provable.