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The conditions that are intentionally varied during an __experiment__.

You can think of independent variables as "causes" where an __experiment__ represents a cause and effect (and where the __dependent variable__ is the "effect").

**Figure legend:** Shown is a standard __graph__ with __independent variable__ equivalent to the *x* __axis__. That is, *y*, the __dependent variable__, varies as a function of *x,* here producing the dotted-line __curve__.

If you have ever pondered, hey, what would happen if I did "this"? Well, "this" would be the independent variable. And "what would happen" would be the __dependent variable__.

See also __controlled variables__.

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