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What does a good hypothesis look like?

The hypothesis is an educated, testable prediction about what will happen. Make it clear. A good hypothesis is written in clear and simple language. Reading your hypothesis should tell a teacher or judge exactly what you thought was going to happen when you started your project.

Can you prove a hypothesis false?

They may not. A good scientific hypothesis is the opposite of this. If there is no experimental test to disprove the hypothesis, then it lies outside the realm of science. Scientists all too often generate hypotheses that cannot be tested by experiments whose results have the potential to show that the idea is false.

How do you determine if a hypothesis is supported?

If the P-value is small, say less than (or equal to) , then it is “unlikely.” And, if the P-value is large, say more than , then it is “likely.” If the P-value is less than (or equal to) , then the null hypothesis is rejected in favor of the alternative hypothesis.

What is a false hypothesis?

In terms of false positives and false negatives, a positive result corresponds to rejecting the null hypothesis, while a negative result corresponds to failing to reject the null hypothesis; “false” means the conclusion drawn is incorrect.

What criteria should a hypothesis meet?

There are four evaluation criteria that a hypothesis must meet. First, it must state an expected relationship between variables. Second, it must be testable and falsifiable; researchers must be able to test whether a hypothesis is truth or false. Third, it should be consistent with the existing body of knowledge.

What is the key characteristic of a good hypothesis?

Characteristics of a Good Hypothesis First, a good hypothesis must be testable and falsifiable. We must be able to test the hypothesis using the methods of science and if you’ll recall Popper’s falsifiability criterion, it must be possible to gather evidence that will disconfirm the hypothesis if it is indeed false.