A student wants to test the hypothesis that fertilizer improves the growth rate of grass seeds. To test this hypothesis, the student put the same amount of grass seed in 3 containers with the same type of soil. The student measured the growth at the end of the week. All plants received equal amounts of water and sunlight.
If you were asked to graph this data, what would you place on the x-axis?
The dependent variable is the variable which can be manipulated and can affect the independent variable. The dependent variable is on the x-axis while the independent variable is placed on the y-axis. In this case, the x-axis is the number of weeks while the y-axis is the height of the plant.