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## Questions and Answers

What is the primary purpose of a science experiment?

What is the variable that is being changed in an experiment?

What is the purpose of keeping all other variables constant in an experiment?

What type of graph is commonly used to show the relationship between two variables?

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On a scatter plot, which axis is the independent variable typically plotted on?

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What is the term for the line drawn through the data points on a scatter plot?

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Why is it important to analyze data collected from an experiment?

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What is a line of best fit in a scatter plot?

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What does it mean if the line of best fit is flat?

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What type of relationship is indicated by a diagonal line of best fit?

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What is the term for when a relationship between variables is not necessarily causative?

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What does a curved line of best fit indicate about the relationship between the variables?

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What is important to consider when interpreting a graph in science?

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What might a scientist conclude if the line of best fit is uphill?

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What is an important consideration when analyzing a graph?

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## Study Notes

### What is a Graph in Science?

- A graph is a way of presenting data collected in an experiment, showing how one variable affects another variable.
- Scientists use graphs to analyze and understand the world around them.
- Experiments are the heart of science, providing hard data to base claims on.

### Science Experiments

- A science experiment involves changing one variable (independent variable) and observing its effect on another variable (dependent variable).
- Everything else must be kept the same to ensure a fair test.
- Example: testing how much water affects fruit growth on trees, with water amount as the independent variable and fruit growth as the dependent variable.

### Constructing Graphs

- Graphs are the standard way to present data in science.
- The most common type of graph is a scatter plot, where data points are plotted on a set of axes.
- The independent variable is plotted on the x-axis (horizontal axis), and the dependent variable is plotted on the y-axis (vertical axis).
- A line of best fit is drawn through the data points, which may be a curve or a straight line.

### Interpreting Graphs

- If the data is completely random, there is no relationship between the two variables.
- If the line of best fit is flat, there is no relationship between the two variables.
- If the line of best fit is straight and diagonal, there is a linear relationship between the two variables.
- A positive linear relationship indicates that one variable increases with the other, while a negative linear relationship indicates that one variable decreases with the other.
- If the line of best fit is curved, there is a nonlinear relationship between the two variables.
- When interpreting a graph, it's essential to be careful and not assume that correlation equals causation.

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## Description

Learn about the importance of experiments in science and how they help us understand the world. Discover how graphs are used to present data and show relationships between variables.