|Section 1.2 Questions
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||A theory is an explanation of a large number of
related observations. To come up with a theory, scientists must use
their imaginations as well as empirical collected from experiments. Even
though a theory is grounded in observation, since it is an idea, it cannot
be proven. Many theories are accepted as true, however, since a large
amount of experimental evidence supports them. The more experimental
testing a theory can withstand, the more credible it becomes.
||Models can help convey an idea or a concept. A
model is a visualization of a theory. scientists use models to help
describe and explore their ideas.
||empirical knowledge -------comes directly
from ---------> observation
| leads to the |
| development of |
| based on ideas inference
| created from /
| / leads to the development of
theoretical knowledge /
| is simplified and
| presented in the
| form of a
||In a court of law, the prosecution and the defence
are both interested in only the presentation of facts. If witnesses
make inferences, they are considered to be offering an opinion, which could
sway a judge or jury. Also, the opinion may be invalid because witnesses
may be misinterpreting that they observed. Unless the witness is an
"expert", the opinions are struck from court records.
||Qualitative analysis is empirical because it is
based on the physical and chemical properties of substances. Scientists
compare the physical and chemicals properties of an unidentified sample of
matter to those of already identified substance in order to identify the unknown.