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ERIC Number: EJ811700
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0141-982X
Statistical Diversions
Petocz, Peter; Sowey, Eric
Teaching Statistics: An International Journal for Teachers, v30 n3 p93-96 Sep 2008
When people speak of "the Law of Gravity" they are generally referring to what is more specifically known as "Newton's Law of Gravitation." This law states that the gravitational force (that is, the mutual attraction) between any two physical bodies is directly proportional to the product of their individual masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them. Why would such a scientific relationship be called a "law"? In this article, the authors explain why scientific relationships are called laws, and how scientific laws are established. This article also presents the solutions to previous questions posed in this column, and then poses five new questions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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