Theories v Laws

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  • Hey Marissa, I heard some students here at Cooks Hill campus saying "a scientific theory can become a law if they get enough information"!
  • Really Caz? We'd better do an activity on the Big Bang theory and why it's not a law.
  • A LAW is a description of something that has been observed many times. It doesn't explain why it exists or what caused it.
  • And a THEORY is an explanation of something that has been observed many times. In science, laws are a starting place then we try to explain why. This explanation may change with new evidence.
  • Laws can't become theories in the same way that descriptions can't become explanations.
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