This report is an investigation of four diﬀerent surface materials found in Simmons Dorm inorder to identify the best material for an improved ping-pong racquet. The four materialsare carpet, concrete, wood and linoleum. The ping-pong ball’s responsivness for each surfacewas observed. The hypothesis tested was that the ping-pong ball bounced a higher numberof times when dropped on concrete than on any of the other three surfaces.The controlled variables were the height from which the ping-pong ball was dropped, theping-pong ball-dropping person, the person who was quiding the ball-dropper, and the sameping-pong ball was used each time. The manipulated variable was the material on which theping-pong ball was dropped onto each time, and the dependent variable was the number of bounces that the ping-pong ball made with each of the three trials on each type of material.
Three 30 cm rulers were taped to a vertical wall next to an area of carpet. A ping-pongball was dropped from 90 cm three times, but for each of the three trails, a person observedthe height of the ping-pong ball from eye level and guided the ball-dropper to make surethe drop-height was as close to 90 cm as possible. Then the three rulers were set up againon a vertical wall next to an area of concrete and three trials were carried out. The sameprocedure was carried out for wood and linoleum until all the trials were completed andrecorded.
All the mean number of bounces for each of the diﬀerent materials was rounded up to thenearest whole number because once the ping-pong ball has started a fraction of a bounce, it2