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What is expected for the "Research" portion of the project?

Postby magiccube3 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:18 pm

Example Science Fair Board


*My science fair question is, "In a line of one-hundred people going from front to back (Person one to one-hundred) which person is most likely to be born on the same day in a year as the first person in line first (not including the first person)?".
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Re: What is expected for the "Research" portion of the proje

Postby vysarge » Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:04 am

Hello magiccube3!

Your project seems to be based on mathematics (probability) and/or behavioral science.

So, for research, I'd suggest doing Google searches to find out (or working out mathematically) how likely it is that two people would have the same birthday and how likely it is for a given number of people in a group to have the same birthdays. What about people whose birthdays are February 29? And so on. Try to think of different parts of this problem that you could learn about.

You could also do some searches on whether people with certain birthdays or birthdays in certain months / seasons tend to act certain ways- though I'm not sure if any such research has been done, I think that you'll run across some interesting theories that you might be able to incorporate into a hypothesis. Maybe people with summer birthdays tend to go to the shortest lines and thus be in the front more, for example.

In general, the research section contains background information that might help judges and other interested people understand your project. Try to add the information that you think will be helpful and relevant, but remember to keep it concise! A long, wall-of-text background can confuse readers.

Good luck, and hope this helped!

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Re: What is expected for the "Research" portion of the proje

Postby akbarkhan » Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:59 am

Just to add to the excellent response provided by the expert, the Research portion of the project can be thought of the underlying scientific principles that your project is based upon as you proceed to conduct your project' actual "experiment" portion. Suggest that you keep this section brief by making reference to relevant theory without spelling it out entirely and by writing down what "next step" you are taking in your investigation.

Good luck!
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