Recognize that theories do not become laws, nor do laws become theories; theories are well supported explanations and laws are well supported descriptions.
Subject Area: Science
Grade: 912
Body of Knowledge: Nature of Science
Idea: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts
Standard: The Role of Theories, Laws, Hypotheses, and Models - The terms that describe examples of scientific knowledge, for example: "theory," "law," "hypothesis" and "model" have very specific meanings and functions within science.
Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved


Recognize that theories do not become laws, theories explain laws. Recognize that not all scientific laws have accompanying explanatory theories.