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What is a hypothesis?

I know it's weird to ask this but i always get confused with it's meaning.
In Topics: Helping my child with science
> 60 days ago

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greenprof2
Feb 12, 2014
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Hi -
You might hear it said that an hypothesis is an educated guess. NOT so! It isn't a guess. It is a tentative explanation for some phenomenon. Theories are also explanations but are more well established ones with lots of lines of evidence to support them. An hypothesis is like a baby theory, much simpler, more tentative - waiting for the evidence to support or reject it.

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TeacherandP... writes:
Teachers get confused with its meaning too... and some of them use the word 'thesis' and others use the word 'hypothesis' but they're essentially the same thing. Scientists tend to use the word 'hypothesis' and writers tend to use the word 'thesis' but both are a central point in writing - the point you are trying to prove either through research or just to prove it in your essay.
This could be a hypothesis or a thesis.
Abraham Lincoln was the best President America has ever had.
Or in science
Mice which are fed protein will grow faster than mice on a carbohydrate diet.

The rest of your paper will try to prove the thesis or hypothesis. For Lincoln you could one paragraph each about each of his accomplishments. For the mice paper, you'd need more than your own ideas to support that hypothesis - you'd need to quote some sources or have done such research yourself.
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