Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
common misspellings, commonly confused words, ESL, the difference between, word meanings
Which is correct?
The ________ variable is what is being measured in an experiment.
Dependent is an adjective meaning reliant upon. Dependant is a noun, meaning one who is dependent, as a child is reliant upon her parents.
The value of the dependent variable depends on the input to the equation:
In a simple mathematical equation, for example:
a = b/c
the dependent variable, a , is determined by the values of b and c.
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