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"We do not construct the world from our experiences; we are aware of the world in our experiences. Science is a language for talking not about experience but about the world." Streams can be monitored for many traits and in many ways. In the Creating the Context work on this project we examined closely the physical, chemical, and biological nature of our streams.

Our Research question for this Guided Research deal with changes in the Water Quality Index from the beginning and end of a stream. You have gathered background information and you have collected your data. It is time to revisit the hypothesis for this res. Remember, the hypothesis is merely a tentative explanation proposed to account for the observed phenomena. You are speculating on how natural events will turn out, based on what you know.

"Science is systematic in method because it seeks a system of prediction."

The prediction is the hypothesis. Your experiments were designed totest hypotheses by testing the validity of the predictions or conclusions derived from them. The primary purpose of designing scientific experiments is to test the proposed hypotheses.

It is important to know that hypotheses are never proven - they are either supported or not supported by the data from your experimental results.

Hypothesis for this Guided Research

H0: There is no measurable change between the the WQI at the headwaters of a stream and the WQI at the mouth of a stream.

H1: There is a measurable change between the the WQI at the headwaters of a stream and the WQI at the mouth of a stream.

As you have thought about your information, you may have come up with some conclusions related to the research question in this Guided Research. Your conclusion should be added to this list of conclusion papers. If you have done your own research project you may publish your work at the Publish my Research area. The area below is for your conclusion and your comments on the Guided Research question on seed type and bird species. You may also click on a link below to read other's conclusions or you can respond to their research conclusions.

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