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Hypothesis

Postby perryku » Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:36 am

We all know that hypothesis is needed in writing a lab report. But it is not required for every experiment. Do anyone of you know, when do we have to include hypothesis in the lab report and when do not ?
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Postby XeeraMasque » Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:49 am

I have never heard of you not having to write a hypothesis.

It seems to me that a hypothesis is an essential part of the lab. report, I could be wrong though...
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Re: Hypothesis

Postby terryandrews » Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:18 pm

I think that you generally need a hypothesis, because it's supposed to be the point of the lab. You pose it as if it were a question: Is the world round? --> The world is round. Then you go around the world a few times, fall off a couple cliffs, and see whether the hypothesis can be backed up or not. The point of the lab is to prove or disprove the hypothesis, and to give you an interesting experience to remember the hypothesis by.
A scientist's job is to find answers without too many holes, or at least come up with interesting ideas with holes that no one will care about.
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Postby JackBean » Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:13 am

By lab report you mean in school or like scientific paper?

In school you of course do not need any hypothesis, because you're usually doing the stuff to learn something, how is it working etc.
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Postby XeeraMasque » Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:06 am

JackBean wrote:In school you of course do not need any hypothesis, because you're usually doing the stuff to learn something


In my experience, we were taught and heavily encouraged to write the hypotheses regardless of this. Simply to get us in the practice of always writing them.
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