nacballer11
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what is my variable

Postby nacballer11 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:08 pm

I am doing the "Can adults pass a middle school science test" as my project, but I can't figure out what my independent variable, dependent variable, and constants are. Can someone help me?

EyeAmLoz
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Re: what is my variable

Postby EyeAmLoz » Thu Oct 14, 2010 1:01 am

Its a bit vauge.. I think you should get some middle school students to do the test as well and then compare the results against the adults results.
If you do that, your variables will be:

Independent variable: The age of the person sitting the test [ie student or adult]
Dependent Variable: How well the person does on the tests
Constants: Things like make sure you give everyone the same questions and the same amount of time and that the test is conducted in the same area and that they all have access to the same resources.

hope this helped. :)

agm
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Re: what is my variable

Postby agm » Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:53 pm

Hi,

I moved your topic to the forum that includes social science, where more experts with relevant knowledge will see it. In the meantime, here's the link to your project idea so that everyone's on the same page:

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... p016.shtml

And here's some info about variables:

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... bles.shtml

Post again in this thread if you have any more questions!

Amanda


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