## independent variable

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### independent variable

I plan to test different fabrics and their static electricity ( http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... p023.shtml ). I have to tell what the independent and dependent variables are. I think the different materials are the dependent variables because that is what I am testing, but I don't know what the independent variable is. Can you help me figure this out? Thank you.
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Not sure what is the independent variable and what is the dependent variable in this experiment. I think the different material is the dependent variable, but what is the independent? Thank you.
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### Re: independent variable

Hi!
Usually we tell independent and dependent variables by plugging them into this equation, "The effect of (independent variable) on (dependent variable). It seems like for this project, you are testing the effect of static electricity on the different fabrics, so your independent variable is static electricity. Good luck!
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### Re: independent variable

I think the different types of materials are the independent variable since that is what you are changing.

The dependent variable is the "Distance Between Ball and Pan" since that is the result you are looking for.
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### Re: independent variable

Hi,

I agree with ScienceBuddy. The independent variable is the fabric you are testing and the dependent variable is the distance between the ball and pan. Think about it this way: changing the type of fabric changes the distance between the ball and the pan. Therefore, the distance is "dependent" on the type of fabric. Another way to think about it is in terms of a graph. Normally you plot the independent variable on the x axis and the dependent variable on the y axis. In this case, you could make a bar graph where each different type of fabric is listed on the x axis and has a corresponding y value (the dependent variable) which would be the distance.

Hope this helps,

Manjinder
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