Hypothesis. Hypothesis. “a tentative assumption made in order to draw out and test its logical or empirical consequences” (Merriam-Webster, 2008)
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“a tentative assumption made in order to draw out and test its logical or empirical consequences” (Merriam-Webster, 2008)
“A hypothesis is a tentative statement that proposes a possible explanation to some phenomenon or event. A useful hypothesis is a testable statement which may include a prediction.” (http://www.accessexcellence.org/LC/TL/filson/writhypo.html)
The problem provides the context for the research study and typically generates questions which the research hopes to answer. In considering whether or not to move forward with a research project, you will generally spend some time considering the problem.
The problem statement should "hook" the reader and establish a persuasive context for what follows.