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What is a dependent variable?
In the context of scientific experiments, a dependent variable is the thing or situation being studied that you expect to change based on the choices you make during the experiment.
In general, a variable is called a variable because it can vary. It’s any factor that could change or be changed. In the context of scientific experiments, there are three different types of variables: dependent variables, independent variables, and control variables. Independent variables are the factors that you change to see how they affect the results. Dependent variables are things that are affected by the changes that you make—the results of the tests (which depend on the independent variables). Control variables are the factors that you do not change. They are kept the same for every test or measurement in order to make sure that the results can be compared fairly.
For example, let’s say you’re trying to figure out which brand of plant food will help a sunflower grow to the tallest height. The dependent variable is the final height of the sunflower. The independent variable (the factor that you change) is the brand of plant food. There are a number of other factors that could impact the growth of the plant, including things like the amount of sunlight and the amount of water. To allow for a proper comparison of the results, these need to be control variables—they need to be controlled, or kept the same. This way, you can have a greater degree of certainty that the final difference in heights (the dependent variable) is due to which food each sunflower received (the independent variable), not differences in sunlight or water.
Why are dependent variables important?
Science is messy. We like to think of experimentation as a simple process of “change one thing and record what happens,” but in reality, every possible subject of study has dozens of different factors that can impact the results. The dependent variable is the thing being impacted.
Scientists are trained to be careful when setting all the variables for an experiment. It’s important to keep track of the independent variables and control variables so you know why the dependent variable was affected in the way that it was.
Understanding the importance of variables will make you more likely to draw sound conclusions and less likely to fall for claims based on faulty science. For example, when examining suspicious statistics or experiment results, a good place to start is to ask what independent variables were involved—what was changed to get the dependent variable to change.
Did you know … ?
The term dependent variable is used in the context of formal scientific experiments, but you use the same concept all the time without thinking about it. The process of trial and error involves trying new methods of doing something until you get the results you want. The new methods are the independent variables and the results of each attempt are the dependent variables.
What are real-life examples of dependent variables?
Every experiment has a dependent variable, regardless of what is being studied. The dependent variable is the whole point of performing an experiment.
Students experiment with different-material balls (independent variable) and same dropping distance (control variable), to determine height of the bounce (dependent variable). Good work, 6White Science students. @cjhdragons #d26embracethejourney pic.twitter.com/1QBWjD0aQS
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In an experiment, the dependent variable is the one that changes based on the different factors of the experiment.
Example sentences from the Web for dependent variable
Its graceful hotels and beautiful restaurants are totally dependent on the tourist trade.
Conventional wisdom holds that most excessive drinkers are alcohol dependent.Americans Drink Too Much, But We’re Not All Alcoholics|Gabrielle Glaser|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But turnout tends to be far more variable in a midterm election and modeling become far difficult.Did a Flawed Computer Model Sabotage the Democrats?|Ben Jacobs|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Our ability to feel seen is truly dependent on being in relation to someone else.
In 2014, any dependent youth who earns more than $6,200 will have to report those earnings to the IRS.Paying Taxes and Going to Jail Like Adults; Teens Deserve the Right to Vote, Too|Jillian Keenan|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is small in cloudy swelling from toxins and drugs, and variable in renal tuberculosis and neoplasms.
Without having represented to your husband the propriety of first consulting his father, on whom he is dependent, I think?The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
It was stated by the deputation that 5,000 families were dependent on the jewellery trades in Birmingham.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
Its disadvantage is that it introduces, with the bread, a variable amount of lactic acid and numerous yeast-cells.
It is dependent on that covenant as made with the Mediator, and consistent with it as established with men.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham