1.Indicate the type of research that you are adopting: Measure a function or relationship: Experimental research
Construct a model: Theoretical sciences and applied mathematics
2.Write a research proposal of your interested topic in the following
Title:How does the shape of a paper aeroplane affect its flight distance?
A.Question or Problem being addressed
Does the size affect the distance traveled by the paper aeroplane? Does the shape affect the distance traveled by the paper aeroplane? Which aspect should be incorporated to make the best aeroplane?
B.Goals / Expected Outcomes / Hypotheses
-We hope to achieve the "best" shape a paper aeroplane can become. -We think that different different shapes of the aeroplanes affect its flight. -The difference in shape will cause the air flowing through plane to be different as well.
Our hypothesis on the project is that we think that different shape will affect the flight of the plane due to the flow of the air through the plane.
C.Description in detail of method or procedures (The
following are important and key items that should be included when formulating
ANY AND ALL research plans.)
~Sources from the web
~Measuring Tape ~String.
Diagram / pictures :
1. Gather relevant material including A4 size paper , a computer , measuring tape.
2. Find an open space to carry out the throwing of the air planes
3. Measure a fixed distance for the plane to fly, preferably 20 meters.
4. Getting the table or graph ready for the recording of data
5. Fold 3 different shapes of paper air plane according to http://www.paperairplaneshq.com/cool-paper-airplane-designs.html
6. Throw each plane 20-30 times and record down distance traveled
7. Take the average of each plane.
8. Compare the results. Take the worst reading and the best reading.
(If the plane did not fly straight , use the string to measure the straight line distance of the flight of the plane )
9. Use the plane that has the worst reading and the plane that has the best reading
10. Research online about the statistics of both the paper planes chosen.
11. Read up about how come the plane with the better reading flies better than the plane with the worst reading.
12. Take down the results of our finding
13. Confirm our hypothesis
• Risk and
Risk :The risk is that the plane might hit the eye of other people if not thrown properly
or not thrown in a proper location.
Assessment : However the chances of this happening would be low because we would be
choosing an appropriate location to carry out our experiment.
Management : If in an event that this were to happen , if it is a minor injury , i would let
them wash their eyes to ease the pain. In a event that it is a serious injury , i would
encourage them to go see a doctor just in case anything happens.
4. Describe the disposal procedures that will be used (when applicable).
After we are done using the planes , we can put them in a recycling bin otherwise those paper would be wasted as there is nothing written on it.
5. List the source(s) of safety information.
Instructions given by teachers in regards to safety
• Data Analysis:
1. Take down the distance that the planes traveled and take the average of the results of each plane.
2. Take down the results and put the results in a graph or table. 3. Compare the results , choosing the plane that travelled the furthest and the plane that travelled the shortest distance.
4. Take down what we have found out. 5. Research online on the planes that we used 6. Research about how come the plane with the better reading flies better than the plane with the worst reading 7. Take down what we have found out 8. Confirm our hypothesis.
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