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How do you find the variable in a research article?

Ross Pratt

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Alexa Spicer on October 13, 2018

A "variable" in science and mathematics is a value that is specific to the topic under discussion,such as the temperatuire or the size of an object, but which can be fed in formulae or other tools to discover the process or behavior of the subject. \n. \n. I don't know what you mean by "variable" here but a research article, so I assume you mean a peer-reviewed, a formal paper reporting on a particualr piece of research, or a summary of it by a specialist science journalist, which is written on the assumption that the reader has the same specialized knowledge as its author(s), or have sufficient knowledge to understand the point and the main outcome of the study. \n. \n. It is also assumed that the reader is familiar with the navigation of official documents, whose conventions allow the navigation and help to the less-specialized reader to understand the point. \n. \n. In a document of the variable(s) will be a relevant value to the topic, and it will be clear to the reader. It will probably appear to be in the role of the Discussion or Conclusion, and may be in the Abstract too, as well as the body of the text. \n. \n. For example, if I find a research article outlining a Uranium/Thorium isotope measurement of a particular sample of rock, I know enough basic physics to appreciate the constants such as the Uranium of half-life, and enough geology to understand what the scientist was doing - calculating the rock's age - but not enough to understand the finer details and math. So despite the fact that I could not follow all of the content you can still find the main variable of the computed value of age that is the object of study.

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