How theory and experiment go hand in hand in physics and help each other's progress

Posted by Gourav Pandey (May 19, 2017 4:52 p.m.) (Question ID: 5379)

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  • Every experiment, calculation, result and prediction starts and ends with theory. Theory and experiment go hand in hand.

    Theory makes predictions and motivate experiments. Experimental results are used to update, improve and validate the framework that scientists work within.

    The models are reassessed under the light of the new data. The new information then comes full circle by helping to determine which experiments are conducted next. By knowing where the gaps in knowledge are – where  theory needs more information – scientists can better decide which questions to ask and which experiments to run next.

    Answered by Payal Singh (May 19, 2017 5:14 p.m.)
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