Why Do Scientists Use Models?

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Scientists use models to examine, explain or demonstrate ideas and phenomena. Models are crucial for research and promote a better understanding of communicating theories and test results.

Scientists use models to reproduce conditions or theories in a practical and inexpensive way. These models help scientists carry out research, amass data to predict future outcomes, test theories and explain scientific material to laymen. Scientists often alter and update models as new data is discovered. When used for demonstrating ideas or results, models are visual aids that help scientists convey complicated material. Examples of scientific models are atomic models and the globe. Scientists work with physical models, computer models and various types of graphical models.