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. 1.
    A model does not equal reality.
  2. 2.
    Models are oversimplifications, and are therefore often wrong.
  3. 3.
    Models become more complicated and are modified as they age.
  4. 4.
    We must understand the underlying assumptions in a model so that we don't misuse it.
  5. 5.
    When a model is wrong, we often learn much more than when it is right.