Middle School Absences

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1. Is there is a common reason for the absences? Explain. Absences only occurred for band class at Truman and Jackson Middle Schools. Absences must have been due to something occurring in both Truman and Jackson band courses on May 20th and 21st. (and only May 22nd for Truman) All other attendance is normal in all other classes and Middle Schools and are not suspicious. ---see evidence and analysis of evidence for more information--

2. Come up with two testable, clear hypotheses about what you think is behind the absences. Be sure to base your hypotheses on the evidence you have obtained (e.g., Health Department Restaurant Inspections) and be thorough in your explanation of who, what, why, when, and how to support your hypotheses. Hypothesis #1)The increase in Band absences at Truman middle school are due to a high intensity band event(test or otherwise) starting May 20th and lasting until May 22nd at both Truman and Jackson Middle Schools.

Hypothesis #2) Truman and Jackson Band classes encountered the same illness at a location prior to May 20th.

3.Come up with six testable questions that you could ask to help further your investigation and support or disprove your hypotheses. (listed farther down on the page)

4.Is the following statement a suitable hypothesis: "The Brentwood Indians basketball team lost the state championship because there is bad stuff in the stars happening with Mars in Aquarius"? Explain why or why not. I do not find the hypothesis “The Brentwood Indians Basketball team lost the state championship because there is bad stuff in the stars happening with Mars in Aquarius” to be a suitable hypothesis, because a hypothesis must be testable. The term “bad stuff” in this hypothesis does not give the person testing any idea as to what to look for near Mars. Also, the ability to test the happening of Mars and any other place outside Earth for that matter, belongs solely to NASA and makes it unable to be tested again. Also, there...
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