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i NEED HELP!!

Postby Dominique17 » Wed May 12, 2010 11:30 am

Im helping my little sister with her science project but it must be comparison and she wants to do "which pops faster microwave popcorn or on the stove?" and i need help getting this started.

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Re: i NEED HELP!!

Postby MelissaB » Thu May 13, 2010 5:24 am

Hi,

This sounds like it could be a really interesting project. What you probably want to start with is some background research--you should find out how and why popcorn pops, and then how microwaves and the stove both heat up food.

In terms of the actual experimental design, you will want to do 6-10 trials where you time how long it takes to pop popcorn on the stove and in the microwave. I'd suggest doing one kernel at a time, unless you're looking at whether instant popcorn in bags pops faster than the 'real' popcorn on the stove.

Let us know if you have more questions!

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Re: i NEED HELP!!

Postby Dominique17 » Thu May 13, 2010 7:49 am

Thanks alot that really helped,so now im doing some research but i need to know is this a good hypothesis "If i pop microwave and stove popcorn at da same time,then microwave popcorn will pop faster.

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Re: i NEED HELP!!

Postby MelissaB » Fri May 14, 2010 12:27 am

Your hypothesis should be based on your background research, so you should do some reading before you decide what your hypothesis is.

Otherwise, the structure of the hypothesis is mostly okay; my only suggestion is to get rid of 'at the same time.' It's not important whether or not you pop the popcorn at the same time, and the popcorn will either pop faster in the microwave or on the stove regardless of if you do them at the same time or at different times.

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Re: i NEED HELP!!

Postby Dominique17 » Tue May 18, 2010 6:14 am

Thanks...now im getting started on the research paper but i need to knw exactly how should i set it up.I've got the answer to all the questions i needed answered.

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Re: i NEED HELP!!

Postby MelissaB » Tue May 18, 2010 6:57 am

Science Buddies has some great information on what to include in a research paper, here: http://sciencebuddies.org/science-fair- ... aper.shtml . You will also need to ask your sister if her teacher asked for anything specific or different from what Science Buddies recommends.

Good luck!

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Re: i NEED HELP!!

Postby Dominique17 » Tue May 18, 2010 7:46 am

Ok so i look at the example and everything so i hae another question...is she suppose to include the question in the research paper?

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Re: i NEED HELP!!

Postby MelissaB » Wed May 19, 2010 12:13 am

Normally, yes, you include the question in the research paper. But, you should follow the guidelines that your teacher gave your younger sister--if that says not to include the question, then don't include the question.

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Re: i NEED HELP!!

Postby Dominique17 » Wed May 19, 2010 6:39 am

Ok...she did the research paper and actually i think its very good..is it a way i could attach to a message so that you can read it?

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Re: i NEED HELP!!

Postby Amber_MIT » Wed May 19, 2010 9:27 am

Hi Dominique17,

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Re: i NEED HELP!!

Postby Dominique17 » Sat May 22, 2010 3:35 pm

Ok thanks

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Re: i NEED HELP!!

Postby jeanlerymc » Mon May 24, 2010 2:02 am

That is a great topic for a science project but it is already defined by many. The topic is very simple, you will just find out which is faster in popping out a popcorn-using microwave or a stove. Basically, science activities need experimentation so you can formulate hypothesis and conclusions. You don't need a theory because you will end up grasping for some factual information that could really support your main reason.
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