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Earl R. Babbie
Publisher: Cengage Learning
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How would the discussion of variables and attributes apply to physics, chemistry, and biology?

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Variables in social science are used to understand conditions that increase or decrease behaviors. In physics, chemistry, and biology, variables are specific to individual situations or patients. Attributes in social science comprise characteristics of variables. In physics, chemistry, and biology, attributes are not as easily generalizable.

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In social science, attributes are characteristics that describe variables. For example, athletic ability could be a variable, and running speed, agility, and strength could be attributes of that variable. For sciences like physics, chemistry, and biology, the variables are usually only related to the specific situation or patient in question, and are less frequently used to predict behavior or generalize about people with the same or similar attributes.

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