Math Definitions - Letter H


Definition of Hypothesis

Definition of Hypothesis

A hypothesis is a statement that might be true, but which needs to be tested.

For example, Al forwards the hypothesis that "pink snails move more slowly than brown snails."

Al will be able to test his hypothesis by calculating the speed of hundreds of pink and brown snails, and then analysing the data he has collected to decide which colour of snail is the fastest.

Sometimes scientists will forward hypotheses that cannot be tested, but which seem to be a good explanation of something. It is worth noting that such hypotheses may be wrong. For example, an archaeologist might put forward the hypothesis that an ancient people believed that a certain rock painting was endowed with magical powers. Without a time machine, this hypothesis cannot be tested, but it could be a plausible explanation for the size and position of the rock painting.


The aim of this dictionary is to provide definitions to common mathematical terms. Students learn a new math skill every week at school, sometimes just before they start a new skill, if they want to look at what a specific term means, this is where this dictionary will become handy and a go-to guide for a student.


Year 1 to Year 12 students

Learning Objectives

Learn common math terms starting with letter H

Author: Subject Coach
Added on: 6th Feb 2018

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