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Dependent Variable ?

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:54 pm
by luma007
Hello. My child is doing his science fair project on which disinfectant works best : natural vs chemical. He used slimy bologna on a cutting board and took samples of several disinfectants and observed which disinfectant had the fewest bacterial colonies on several petri dishes with agar. We know that the independent variable is the disinfectant, but what is his dependent variable? Thank you!

Re: Dependent Variable ?

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 4:25 pm
by klhjbh62604
Hello luma007:

What a great project for a young student. Way to teach a child the need to clean surfaces.

You are correct in that the disinfectants are the independent variable.
The dependent variable represents the output - in this case it would be the slime of the bologna that would be on the cutting board. You are testing the disinfectants on their ability to clean the slime off the cutting board.

I hope this helps.
klhjbh62604

Re: Dependent Variable ?

Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:14 am
by luma007
Thank you so much for your response. Would it also be correct to say that the dependent variable is the number of bacterial colonies formed?

Re: Dependent Variable ?

Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:24 pm
by drowningfish
Yes, it would be.

Re: Dependent Variable ?

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:32 pm
by KrishnaPatel
Just so you, and other people know, the dependent variable will always be what you measured in the experiment.

I hope his helps!
Meg

Re: Dependent Variable ?

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 5:51 am
by murwarid3
Hi,

Yes, just for a tip, the dependent variable is the results. Think of it as the dependent depends on the independent, the result.

Hope this helps!


Thanks,

Murwarid