1. Hi, I am doing this worksheet and we have to find the flaw in a prediction. What is the best way to find a flaw in a prediction? I am having trouble.
Here is one that I did:
Pred.:Salamanders disappear from wet flowerbeds
Flaw:Salamanders may dislike water, so water may be the real influence.

Is that the right way? Any suggestions is greatly appreciated.

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3. Im not sure what youre looking for but what youve got down as a flaw is actually a support for your prediction.

4. Oh wait a minute .... I see what you mean.

If you write. flaw: salamanders hate water so they most likely wouldnt be there in the first place. It may sound less confusing. But you're actually right.

5. hmmm - I would say the flaw is that the predictions doesn't say why the salamanders would disappear from wet flower beds. Do they leave, or do they die? Do they leave because of the flowers? Because of the wet? Because of the mulch used in the beds?

Usually predictions are made based on a hypothesis. Is there a hypothesis given too, or just a prediction?

6. It just says the Hyposethis-Salamanders disappear from the flowerbed because the bed became too wet. Like the prediction says "Wet flowerbeds should have few salamanders." I'm thinking that the word choice "should" is the flaw. Any suggestions?

7. Well, I have to say I don't think that hypothesis is very well phrased either. Let's say that the hypothesis is: "Salamanders don't like wet soil." And the prediction you were given says, "Wet flowerbeds should have few salamanders." This sounds ok on the surface, but here's the problem: what is "a few" salamanders? If you go to a wet flowerbed and find five salamanders, is that a lot of salamanders, or a little? You need a comparison. The prediction should say, "If the hypothesis is true, then we expect wet flowerbeds to have less salamanders than dry flowerbeds."

8. Its difficult to give a definitive answer, especially because we dont know what kind of thing the question looking for.