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Scientific Method ~ Coin Lab

Scientific Method ~ Coin Lab

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Scientific Method ~ Coin Lab

How many drops of water can a coin hold?

You are a Scientist!

Apply the Scientific Method as you work through this lab.
Purpose
To show how changes in procedures can cause changes in results.

Materials
2 different coins
Paper towel
Eyedropper
Water
Lab Sheet

Procedure
1. Begin the Scientific Method Sheet and continue it as you work through this lab.
2. Put two different types of coins on a paper towel.
3. Use an eyedropper to put drops of water on the coins. Count how many drops each coin can hold before the water overflows.
4. Record findings on the Lab Sheet.

Includes Parallel Flow Map for Scientific Method
Scientific Method ~ Coin Lab

How many drops of water can a coin hold?

You are a Scientist!

Apply the Scientific Method as you work through this lab.
Purpose
To show how changes in procedures can cause changes in results.

Materials
2 different coins
Paper towel
Eyedropper
Water
Lab Sheet

Procedure
1. Begin the Scientific Method Sheet and continue it as you work through this lab.
2. Put two different types of coins on a paper towel.
3. Use an eyedropper to put drops of water on the coins. Count how many drops each coin can hold before the water overflows.
4. Record findings on the Lab Sheet.

Includes Parallel Flow Map for Scientific Method

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Michelle Lundy

©Making It As A Middle School Teacher

2012

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Scientific Method ~ Coin Lab

How many drops of water can a coin hold?

You are a Scientist! Apply the Scientific Method as you work through this lab.
Purpose To show how changes in procedures can cause changes in results.

Materials 2 different coins Paper towel Eyedropper Water Lab Sheet Procedure 1. Begin the Scientific Method Sheet and continue it as you work through this lab. 2. Put two different types of coins on a paper towel. 3. Use an eyedropper to put drops of water on the coins. Count how many drops each coin can hold before the water overflows. 4. Record findings on the Lab Sheet.
Michelle Lundy ©Making It As A Middle School Teacher 2012

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Scientific Method Sheet
Complete the Parallel Flow Map for this lab. Write your ideas on the right side.

Problem

Research

Hypothesis

Experiment

Analyze Data Conclusion
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Lab Sheet
Coin #1 : _____________ Coin #2 : _____________ Heads or Tails? Heads or Tails? # of Drops: _________ Close to coin or farther away? Dropping fast or slow?

First Trial

# of Drops: _________ Close to coin or farther away? Dropping fast or slow?

What do you think?     Does it matter what type of coin you use or which side of the coin you use? Does it matter how far the eyedropper is above the coin? Does it matter if you drop the water quickly or slowly? Repeat while changing some of choices you made in the first trial.

Coin #1 : _____________ Coin #2 : _____________ Heads or Tails? Heads or Tails? # of Drops: _________ Close to coin or farther away? Dropping fast or slow?
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Second Trial

# of Drops: _________ Close to coin or farther away? Dropping fast or slow?

Michelle Lundy

©Making It As A Middle School Teacher

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Lab Sheet
Answer the questions from: What Do You Think?

1. Does it matter what type of coin you use or which side of the coin you use?

2. Does it matter how far the eyedropper is above the coin?

3. Does it matter if you drop the water quickly or slowly?

4. What did you change in the second trial? What specific changes did you observe?

5. How did your hypothesis hold up? Did you prove or disprove it?

6. If you need to rewrite your hypothesis, what would you say?

Michelle Lundy

©Making It As A Middle School Teacher

2012

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