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Question: Now that you've discovered that your hypothesis doesn't line up with your results how will you carry on with your research?
experiment, hypothesis, investigation, research, results
Asked by shiry to Jim on 17 Jun 2011.
answered on 17 Jun 2011:
I hope this isn’t a homework question? 😉
leigh2027 commented on 17 Jun 2011:
no it wasnt Jim but you’ve given me an idea 😀
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Jim commented on 17 Jun 2011:
If my hypothesis doesn’t line up with my results, then if I am happy that my results are correct, and properly controlled for, then I have no choice but to change aspects of my hypothesis to reflect these new facts. This is the basis of science: hypothesis -> feedback (i.e. results) -> revision. You keep repeating this until your hypothesis is able to make very assured predictions about the outcome you expect to see. As more and more data from other labs start to support your hypothesis, you might then start to call it a theory – which is something stronger and more sure than a hypothesis.
Would you ever donate your body to science when you die???
Liz with your research is there a higher chance of getting cancer if that certain type runs in the family? Do you think
how long does it normally take to complete an experiment?
What are most of your experiments based on???
Do you do practical stuff (bunsen burners etc.) all the time or do you do loads of writing all/most of the time?