How Observations Can Challenge Existing Scientific Theory


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What is one reason science may discover an existing theory is incomplete?

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1. What is an erroneous theory?

2. What is a tested explanation of why things happen, and is accepted as true by the scientific community?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Quiz your awareness of how observations can challenge existing scientific theory. Try this short multiple-choice quiz on topics like a way that science can discover that a current theory is incomplete and an explanation of an erroneous theory.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These points will be addressed on the quiz/worksheet:

  • A tested explanation that's accepted by the scientific community
  • Science as a process/characteristics of scientific theories
  • True statements about scientific theories

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define an erroneous theory
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the term for a tested explanation once it's accepted by the scientific community
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how science can determine if a current theory is incomplete or not and the process of testing these theories

Additional Learning

For more on testing theories in science, you can review the lesson named How Observations Can Challenge Existing Scientific Theory. The following topics will be explored:

  • Modifications to existing theories
  • Incomplete theories
  • Theories that get discarded