Science vs Pseudoscience and the Hypothesis - Fourth Class

 How did the class go?

The class began with a student debate on Science and Pseudoscience. When Eak Sir asked the class for volunteers I was eager to take part, but I was not in a favorable situation to turn on my mic. So I had to let go of the opportunity. 

Prateek (who was in favor of Pseudoscience) explained how science was based on pseudoscience which aligned with my studies and interpretations of myths and holy books. Sampanna presented the ways in which we make rational decisions based on science. His answer supported his argument for the second question the teacher had asked, "Can anyone be a scientist?". Sampanna said how individuals without the knowledge of science can be using intricate ways of doing things that are based on pure science.

With the conclusion of this student engagement portion, we moved on to the topic of Science and Hypothesis. Eak sir had brought a presentation on a boy trying to find out if the size of the loaf of bread would increase if the amount of sugar is increased using the methods of Hypothesis testing. He also showed us the video explaining the fundamentals related to the hypothesis. But due to some internet issues, the video could not be completed so he shared us the link.

Finally, a few students were asked to conclude the class by recalling what we learned. I was summarizing the whole class from my understanding while the teacher stopped me and asked others to share their understanding. He said he would give me the chance at the end of the class after everyone gets their turn.

Comparison of Presentation by Teacher with the Book

The presentation by our teacher contained a compressed view of Steps of the Scientific Method. The book has a complete chapter dedicated to Science and Hypothesis on which the steps the teacher mentioned are listed under the heading of Scientific Inquiry. The book further discusses evaluating the scientific method and how the hypothesis is classified and how the well-tested hypothesis becomes a theory,. The later parts were not covered in the presentation by the teacher in today's class. 

My Reflection Regarding the Class

Since the class took off with student engagement, I was hooked on the class. The presentation given by the teacher was also not boring because it contained examples that were comprehensible. 


The Scientific Method involves a series of steps that are used to investigate a natural occurrence.

Steps of Scientific Method:
  • Problem/Question
  • Formulate a Hypothesis
  • Experiment
  • Collect and Analyze Results
  • Conclusion
  • Communicate the Results


Eak sir asked us to go through the chapter "Science and Hypothesis" and find compare and contrast it with the presentation from the class.


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