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Alternative Hypothesis: Definition & Example

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Susan wants to know if her bathtub will fill faster if she runs the shower faucet or the bathtub faucet for five minutes. She hypothesizes that the bathtub faucet will make the tub fill faster in a 5 minute period. What would be a good alternative hypothesis here?

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1. Susan wants to know if her bathtub will fill faster if she runs the shower faucet or the bathtub faucet for five minutes. She hypothesizes that the bathtub faucet will make the tub fill faster in a 5 minute period. What would be the null hypothesis?

2. In a scientific experiment, what is the researcher usually trying to prove?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

If you can prove that two given variables have significance in an experiment, you have proven what's known as an alternative hypothesis. In this quiz, you can assess your knowledge of alternative hypotheses and your ability to recognize them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The goal of this quiz is to see whether or not you can:

  • Recognize an alternative hypothesis
  • Recognize a null hypothesis
  • Recall the purpose of a scientific experiment

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on alternative hypotheses
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about scientific experiments in a new light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast alternative hypotheses and null hypotheses

Additional Learning

If you wish to learn more about alternative hypotheses, check out this quiz's corresponding lesson, Alternative Hypothesis: Definition & Example. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define hypothesis, alternative hypothesis and null hypothesis
  • Explore examples of alternative hypotheses and how to apply them
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