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Chapter 20. Developing Hypotheses

The purpose of an explanation is to provide a well-reasoned answer to a question about why something is so—what caused it. As we gather and process information, we begin to develop answers to the question at hand by making a speculation—a hypothesis—to guide our questioning. When we think we have a possible answer, we research it further.

A hypothesis is a tentative statement that proposes a possible explanation to some phenomenon or event. It is a provisional explanation for why something occurred.


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