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Scientific explanations (1 of 3) - hypotheses

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Hypotheses are proposed explanations for a fairly narrow set of phenomena, usually based on prior experience, scientific background knowledge, preliminary observations, and logic.

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Scientific explanations (2 of 3) - theories
Theories are broad explanations for a wide range of phenomena. They are concise, coherent, systematic, predictive, and broadly applicable.

Scientific explanations (3 of 3) - over-arching theories
Over-arching theories are particularly important and reflect broad understandings of a particular part of the natural world.

 


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