How to Interpret Scientific Evidence


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What is scientific evidence?

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1. If your hypothesis is food coloring will not mix with oil, then what would you expect to see with your data?

2. Which of the following data fits the hypothesis that a flat-bottomed boat is more stable than a v-shaped-bottomed boat? To test this hypothesis you measure how far away from the center upright line you can tip the boat before the boat tips over.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out how much you know about using scientific evidence with the following questions. They will ask you to recognize the results of experiments as well as definitions of terms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These questions will test your knowledge of:

  • What scientific evidence is
  • When the data fits
  • Where most data interpretation happens

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about potential results from sample experiments and their relation to hypotheses
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as scientific evidence
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the scientific method to recognize when a result agrees or disagrees with a hypothesis

Additional Learning

For a more in-depth view of scientific evidence, read the lesson titled How to Interpret Scientific Evidence. It will cover topics like:

  • Examples of successful experiments
  • What a hypothesis is
  • How to carry out an experiment