A hypothesis is an integral part of the scientific method. Simply put, the scientific method gives us a uniform way of examining and evaluating things. Within the scientific method we 1) gather information, 2) create a tentative answer, 3) create a testable prediction, 4) experiment, and 5) conclude what we learned. What we learned will either support or not support the tentative answer (#2). If we performed the process correctly, others will be able to repeat our experiment and achieve the same results.
In text books it looks like this:
1) Observe 2) Hypothesis 3) Predict 4) Experiment 5) Conclude by supporting or not supporting the hypothesis in #2
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