Notes 1C - Variables and Constants in Science

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  • Variables: Something that can be changed or altered in an experiment, These are shown by a letter or symbol that represents something else.
  • Constants: Can be changed but is kept the same throughout an experiment. These are often a number but can be shown by a symbol but do not change. (Pi is an example of a constant.)

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  • What is the main difference between a variable and a constant?
  • What does it mean to treat a letter as a constant?
  • This video discusses Einstein's equation for Energy.
    • Describe each of the parts of the equation. Which parts are variables, which are constant? How do you know?
    • Illustrate (or Explain) where you can find another symbol or letter acting as a constant.

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