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Getting my Variables straight - a question for the experts

Postby DC-Man » Mon Dec 08, 2014 7:51 pm

Hi, I am beginning to conduct the "A Matter of Time' experiment and want to make sure of my variables. I am thinking that my dependent variable is time -- the time that is measured after analyzing the independent variable, which, I think in this case are the 3 main ways of measuring time: Standard, Solar, and Sidereal OR would my independent variable (s) be the Sidereal and Solar Time Clocks more specifically? Thanks for any help on this. Also, would I also need to specify that my variable (not independent or dependent) would simply be "time?"

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Re: Getting my Variables straight - a question for the exper

Postby tdaly » Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:49 am

Hi DC-Man,

The independent variable is the thing you change. In this project, you are changing what you use to measure time: standard, sidereal, and solar clocks. The dependent variable (the thing that you measure) will be the difference between the mean and local time, which you calculate in step 8 of the procedure.

Good luck! Post back if you have more questions.
All the best,
Terik

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Re: Getting my Variables straight - a question for the exper

Postby DC-Man » Sat Dec 13, 2014 1:14 pm

Terik, Thank you very much.


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