Name _____________________________ Period _________ Science IDENTIFYING VARIABLES Variable – something that changes Independent Variable – variable that causes another to change Dependent Variable – variable that is changed by the independent variable Instructions: Underline the independent variable and circle the dependent variable in each sentence below. 1. Does the temperature of air affect the number of airplane crashes? 2. Is there a connection between the number of thunderstorms and the month of the year? 3. Are the numbers of student misbehaviors affected by the temperature of the room? 4. Is there a connection between the number of lives lost and the strength of the storm? 5. Which season of the year has the greatest number of tornadoes? 6. Is there a connection between the time of day and the number of earthquakes? 7. Can releasing more water from the dam reduce damage caused by floods? 8. Does the Earth’s distance from Haley’s Comet affect the frequency of earthquakes? 9. Does time on task affect grades? 10. Is there a relationship between athletes playing time and practice time?