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posted by cindy .
An experimenter wants to find out if drinking coffee makes people more alert. The amount of coffee a person drinks is the:
hypothesis.
dependent variable.
independent variable.
correlation coefficient.

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cindy
Im between A and B.

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Ms. Sue
I think it's the hypothesis

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Jen
It's one of the variables, but I'm not sure which.

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PsyDAG
An independent variable is the potential stimulus or cause, usually directly manipulated by the experimenter, so it could also be called a manipulative variable.
A dependent variable is the response or measure of results.
The hypothesis is the statement about how you think the experiment will turn out. For example:
Ho: Coffee has no effect.
Ha: Coffee makes people more alert.
A correlation coefficient is a number, varying between 1 and +1, indicating the degree of relationship between two variables.
I hope this will help you make decisions on this question and others.
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