Fundamental Properties of Models
This is actually a list from my AP chemistry class, but I thought it would be helpful to keep the following information in mind when discussing conclusions drawn from scientific models. So here we go...
- 1.A model does not equal reality.
- 2.Models are oversimplifications, and are therefore often wrong.
- 3.Models become more complicated and are modified as they age.
- 4.We must understand the underlying assumptions in a model so that we don't misuse it.
- 5.When a model is wrong, we often learn much more than when it is right.