Correlation vs. Causation: Differences & Definition


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1. A scientist is designing an experiment with rats, and designates weight as the dependent variable. Why might this be the case?

2. A scientist plots data points from an experiment, and notices that the dependent variables and the independent variables in the data set are decreasing together. What kind of correlation have they discovered, and why?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are several differences between causation and correlation, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of these differences.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • How correlation and causation differ
  • Definition of correlation
  • Characteristics of causation
  • Differences between independent and dependent variables

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet can help students practice the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept on causation
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as correlation and causation
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about dependent variables

Additional Learning

To learn more about correlation and causation, review the lesson titled Correlation vs. Causation: Differences & Definition. This lesson will help you:

  • Define causation
  • Determine the differences between correlation and causation
  • Find examples of independent variables
  • Learn characteristics of dependent variables
  • Identify positive correlations