Occam's Razor as a Scientific Principle

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'Plurality should not be posited without necessity' is the principle we know as:

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1. Occam's razor is best described as:

2. The idea that the Earth is at the center of the universe is most related to:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessments will gauge your knowledge of Occam's razor in science. Topics on the quiz include the definition and characteristics of Occam's razor.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review the following:

  • Description of Occam's razor
  • Idea that Earth is at the center of the universe
  • Best example of Occam's razor

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding the characteristics of Occam's razor and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the idea that Earth is at the center of the universe
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve Occam's razor problems

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the corresponding lesson titled Occam's Razor as a Scientific Principle. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand who William of Ockham was
  • Explain the principle behind Occam's razor
  • Identify how the principle can be applied to the motion of our planets
  • Describe how the principle can solve the retrograde motion problem of our planets
  • Appreciate the value of Occam's razor in science and in the everyday world around you
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