Dennis Wrin Professor Connelly BIO 101

Lab Report: Popcorn Experiment

Results .Introduction One of the first uses of wild corn is believed to be for popping. Controls used in testing for this experiment were ensuring use of the same microwave for both packages and using the same microwave cooking time. and the average size of twenty popped kernels from each bag. 2011). and Pop Weaver as Popcorn B. An ancient method for popping corn was to heat up sand and then stir the kernels into the hot sand. and then we dumped the entire contents of the packages onto separate labeled paper towels. Americans alone consume 17 billion quarts of popped popcorn each year (The Popcorn Board. The chosen hypothesis was that Popcorn A will have less unpopped kernels and larger popped kernels because its ads claim this. The two brands used in the experiment were Pop Secret as Popcorn A. Methods and Materials First the group obtained a package each of Popcorn A and Popcorn B. The group then proceeded by counting and recording the number of unpopped kernels. The experimental variable for this test was comparison of two different brands of popcorn. popcorn is still a popular snack. The purpose of this experiment will be to determine if Popcorn A is better than Popcorn B. While the methods have changed over time. Both bags of popcorn were microwaved for one minute and thirty-five seconds each.

Conclusions If you compare the results for the four class groups it is clear that Popcorn B unanimously had less unpopped kernels in each package than the other brand.2 8 2. Our group (Group 1) found no difference in the average size measured.4 2.7 17 2. Group Results for Popcorn Experiment Group # Criteria #Unpopped Kernels Group 1 Size of Popped Kernels (cm) #Unpopped Kernels Group 2 Size of Popped Kernels (cm) #Unpopped Kernels Group 3 Size of Popped Kernels (cm) #Unpopped Kernels Group 4 Size of Popped Kernels (cm) 3. The remaining groups did record a measurable difference in average size with Groups 2 and 4 finding Popcorn A to be larger. Popcorn A was found by more than one .5 23 2. and Group 3 reporting Popcorn B to be larger.5 54 3 12 2.When comparing the class results it was consistent for all four groups that Popcorn B had less unpopped kernels and in most cases significantly less.1 2.7 3 Popcorn A 31 Popcorn B 24 The table above shows all recorded data for the four class groups. When comparing the size of the average popped kernel. The group data for the size of the popped kernels was much less consistent.

group to be larger. . Due to the unaligned results for average size it is unclear which popcorn brand can be considered “belter. it is clear that none of the four groups found Popcorn A to have BOTH less unpopped kernels and to have larger popped kernels.” While the group results for the experiment varied. perhaps weighing and finding the mass of the kernels would provide more accurate results. One source of error with this experiment that can be noted was the way the popped kernels were measured. Finding a uniform way for measuring the popcorn in centimeters was difficult.

Works Cited The Popcorn Board.popcorn. Retrieved from Popcorn: http://www. History of Popcorn.aspx . (2011).org/EncyclopediaPopcornica/WelcometoPopcornica/HistoryofPopcorn/ta bid/106/Default.

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