Science Experiments

Why is a control used in an experiment?

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April 30, 2010 3:43PM

I can best explain through example. Let's say that you are sea sick. You take two remedies, an acupressure bracelet and 50 milligrams of meclizine. You quickly start to feel better, but which of the two factors made the difference? The bracelet? The meclizine? A combination of both? This is a small-scale example, but in the fields of science it becomes important to know what causes a certain affect. This is the reason that we use controls.-Akilae