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The variable that varies independently of any other. The variable that you will be setting in order to measure what happens to some other variable quantity.

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The responding variable is another name for the dependent variable.

On a graph, the x variable is the independent variable and the y variable is the dependent/responding variable.

I remember the difference between the two in that the dependent variable depends on the independent variable. For example, for teenagers, in height versus age, the age would be the independent variable and the dependent variable would be the height. We would expect as teenagers get older, they are taller.

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An independent variable is the variable you have control over, what you can choose and manipulate. It is usually what you think will affect the dependent variable. In some cases, you may not be able to manipulate the independent variable. It may be something that is already there and is fixed, something you would like to evaluate with respect to how it affects something else, the dependent variable like color, kind, time.
Example: You are interested in how stress affects heart rate in humans. Your independent variable would be the stress and the dependent variable would be the heart rate. You can directly manipulate stress levels in your human subjects and measure how those stress levels change heart rate.

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When conducting an experiment, a researcher usually has a dependent and independent variable. The independent variable is the variable that can be changed or manipulated (think of it as a cause). The dependent variable is the variable that depends on the independent variable (think effect).

For example, if you wanted to test whether practice improves an athlete's performance (lets say number of touchdowns):
  • Practicing (or not) is what you can manipulate. It is the independent variable.
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Examples of independent and dependent variable


for a full definition, try wikipedia.
an independent variable can be freely changed.
a dependent variable will BE changed as the independent variable is changed
basically there are 2 main examples. mathematical, and experimental.

with experiments,(science, chemistry etc.) one example would be changing the amount of fertilizer fed to a plant to see how it affects growth. there are 2 variables here. amount of fertilizer used and growth of the plant.
the amount of the fertilizer can be freely changed. (independent variable)
the amount of growth DEPENDS on the amount of fertilizer (dependent variable)

with maths, you can use something like 2x+5=y.
x can freely changed. it is the independent variable. y will change depending on the value of x.

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An experiment is being done to determine how light affects the growth small zinnia plants. one plant is placed in full sunlight, the second in a shaded area, and the third in an unlit closet. what is the...

I see tests like evry now and again on here, and This one is one of the easier questions to answer.
In this problem, you are looking for the variable.
In that all 3 plants are the same size at the beginning, and that all 3 get watered the exact same amount at the same time, then the only variable is light.
You must determine is a direct, shaded on non-existent light source produces better growth of the zinnias.
The light source is the independent variable.

I hope this answer helps you out on your test!

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