Variables

What is an independent variable? What is a dependent? What is the relationship between independent and dependent variables? What is the purpose of differentiating these terms?

Independent variables are mathematical factor’s that will vary and can be manipulated by the researcher because they would want a certain outcome. A dependent variable is a mathematical factor that would change depending on the researcher’s independent variable. Throughout math we learn that x is the independent variable and y is the dependent variable. By differentiating these two terms can be used in order to find two different numbers within the equation. Throughout the workplace we use variables on a daily basis. For example the current place that I am working for just came out with some new entrée’s to offer to the customer’s. We could take one of the new entrée’s and use it as an example our Mixed Grill is delicious. This entrée would be considered the independent variable because this entrée would rely on the customer’s purchasing the entrée. The sales/revenue that is created from this entrée would be the dependent variable because it would change based on the performance and demand of the entrée. By putting two and two together I now get a better understanding on how important it is to research and gather as much information about the entrée and how it would affect the business. A manager must have a clear understanding of mathematical equations in order to make it through one day of being a manager. Just because there are programs that can do this type of math does not mean that you are always going to get the right answer without doing a little bit of research along with the numbers.

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