Gatorade Correlation

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The results highlighted a correlation, but we are not quite sure if the results yielded a causation. The arithmetic mean for the control group is 29.048. This signifies that in 2 minutes, the average subject tested scored 29 out of a total 36 or an 80.68% percent accuracy. On the other hand, the average for the our experiment group, the subjects give gatorade, is 30.524 or an 84.78 percent accuracy. The results slightly improved for the experiment, but it is highly unlikely that this is due to the actual gatorade consumption. I believe other confounding variables affected our data. Firstly, we tested our experiment group before lunch on Friday the 15th and we collected data for our control on Thursday the 14th after school. A confounding variable in our experiment could be the time of day. …show more content…
Additionally, after school many students shift their focus off of academics. Secondly, in the morning the majority of students consume caffeinated beverages, so they data could be positively skewed due to the effects of caffeine on mathematical performance. Lastly, the placebo effect could have played a role in the accuracy of data. Subjects could have been indoctrinated by the media to believe that gatorade enhances performance. Therefore, due to the effective marketing campaign of gatorade the results of our experiment could have been skewed. The confounding variables, we believe, played an impactful role on the results of our data. Or, on the off chance that there were absolutely zero confounding variables present, Gatorade actually, marginally, improves mathematical

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