# Gloria is designing an experiment to investigate how different kinds of wheels accelerate down a ramp. Which is the dependent variable?

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would the dependent variable be the type of wheel? if not than why?

would the dependent variable be the type of wheel? if not than why?

##### 1 Answer

Apr 22, 2018

Dependent variable in this experiment is the acceleration of each wheel down the ramp.

#### Explanation:

If Gloria is wanting to test how different kinds of wheels accelerate down a ramp, then she is manipulating the type of wheel to measure a change in the acceleration of the wheel.

The acceleration (measured value) is thus the dependent variable since it depends on what type of wheel you roll down the ramp.

The type of wheel (what you determine) is thus the independent variable since it is what you are manipulating to observe changes in acceleration.