Posted: August 1st, 2015
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Requirements: A. Develop a lab report (suggested length of 3-5 pages, including graphs and tables) that includes the following: 1. Introduction a. Identify the scientific question in physics you
chose. b. Explain the context of your scientific question by discussing two pieces of existing research that relate to your question. c. Explain why your question is important, interesting, and
relevant to you and/or to the world. d. Identify the variables you will be exploring, including the following: i. One experimental variable ii. One quantitative response variable iii. At least
three controlled variables e. State your hypothesis. 2. Materials and Methods a. List the materials and equipment needed to conduct your experiment, including all necessary measurement equipment
(e.g., ruler, thermometer). Note: The type, size, and quantity of each material should be included (e.g., “a one-cup glass measuring cup,” not just “a measuring cup”). b. List the specific steps of
the process used to conduct your experiment. i. Explain the steps of your process. Note: This explanation should be specific enough that someone else could conduct your experiment and should
include how your data were collected. It should be written in the past tense and in third person. c. Explain how you included replication in your experiment. d. Explain the methods used for the
quantitative analysis. Note: These explanations should be specific enough that someone else could reproduce your analysis. 3. Results a. Present the results of your experiment in the following
formats: i. written description ii. table of data collected iii. graph(s) 4. Conclusion a. Discuss whether your results support your hypothesis. b. Discuss how your results compare to what you
Select the topic or question you would like to address with your experiment. Before you select a topic, consider the following:
1. Look at the list of possible topics below for ideas.
2. Choose an aspect of physics that you would like to investigate.
3. Determine a question that you would like to answer.
4. Identify your experimental and response variables (you should have only one of each). An appropriate question for this investigation should explore a causal link between one experimental
variable and one response variable.
5. Make observations and conduct a literature review to find out more about what is already known about that link.
6. Formulate your hypothesis. How do you think your experimental variable will affect your response variable? Your hypothesis should be testable and specific, and it should allow for the
collection of quantifiable data. Your response variable should be a measurable outcome that yields quantitative, numeric data.
7. Fine-tune your experimental protocol by considering your controlled variables.
Your project needs to address a topic in physics. Below are some possible topics to consider:
Area of Physics General topic ideas
Classical Physics Rolling or bouncing, friction, paper airplanes, catapults, automobile driving, simple machines
Electricity and Magnetism Battery testing, conductivity, electromagnetic induction, simple circuits, motors, generators
Wave Physics Refraction, reflection, interference, antenna designs
Thermodynamics Freezing, boiling, heating/cooling, specific heat capacity
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