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Scientific Law vs. Scientific Theory

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Cindy Mullikin

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Transcript of Scientific Law vs. Scientific Theory

Compare and Contrast
Scientific Law vs.
Scientific Theory

What is a scientific
law
?
A law is the
what
.
A law tells what happens under certain conditions in the natural world.
A law
never explains
.
What are some examples of scientific laws and how are they written?
They are written as words or equations.
Example with words:
First Law of Motion: An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion unless acted on by an unbalanced force.
Example with an equation:
Second Law of Motion: F = M x A
What is a Scientific
Theory
?
What are some current scientific theories?
The big bang theory
states that most scientists believe that our universe started 14 billion years ago with a massive expansion event.

The theory of
evolution
states that most scientists believe that all life started with a common ancestor and that throughout time that life evolved into individual species.


How are
laws
and
theories
the same?
They are both based on vast amounts of
data
.

They both can be
disproved
.

They both help us study the
natural
world.
If a" theory" is really good will it become a "law"?
No! They are two totally
different
things. A theory
never
becomes a
law.
The best a theory can do is to be regarded as a
good
theory.

Remember.....good scientists keep an
open
mind, always ask questions and realize that with the right discoveries both laws and theories can be disproved.
Nothing
in science is an
absolute
.
A
scientific theory
is none of these things.
A theory is the
why
.
A theory
explains
why we believe something happens in nature.
A "scientific" theory is way
more
than a guess or an idea.
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