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A Question about Variables

Postby anuami » Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:44 am

Hello
My son is doing a project about Standby Power. He measured the Watts used by devices when they are off.
The variables as we figured were
Independent
1. Type of Device
2. Status of the device - On/Off

Control
1. Voltage
2. Frequency

Dependent
1. Watts
2. Amps

Now, When we were taking readings on Kill-A-Watt, the voltage and frequency readings varied a little in every trial. Do we ignore this variance and still consider the voltage and frequency as a constant?

Am I missing any other variables?
Thanks
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Re: A Question about Variables

Postby kgudger » Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:52 am

Hello and welcome to the forums!

If you intend to just present the data "per device", in other words, as you said, the independent variable is the type of device, then you can ignore the voltage and frequency changes for that graph / analysis (for a project at the elementary school level).

Your son should look into whether the power values are different when the voltage reading is different. On way to do this is to measure a few devices at different times of day. In the middle of the night (may not be practical for an elementary student :D ) voltage is highest and in the middle of the afternoon lowest (usually). If you can get several readings on several devices with enough different voltage readings, this would be interesting data to include with the project. At a minimum, your son should be able to discuss this with the judges.

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