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Andrew, Cos, Gabi, Rymn 10/30/2012 The study to be discussed is the effect of varying water temperatures on the growth

of a plant from the fabaceae family. The purpose of this experiment is to study the changes which occur when different water temperatures are used for irrigating a species from the fabaceae family, specifically the green pea plant. This study is significant because of its direct relation to horticulture, the study of plant cultivation for human use. The fabaceae family is largely used by humans in the food industry as well for medicinal purposes. By determining the ideal water temperature of these plants, cultivation can be made more efficient and yields from crops can be increased. If temperature does contribute to plant growth, it is important to use this knowledge for crop efficiency. From a business perspective, this would be beneficial to farmers because more crop yields would result in an increase in profits. This would also be beneficial for consumers, because there would be greater availability of produce in grocery stores. Finding the optimal growing conditions for a consumable plant would also improve its nutritional value in addition to its effectiveness in being used for medicinal purposes. (NEEDS MORE INFORMATION (10 marks)?) The variable which will be changed under controlled conditions is the temperature of the water to be provided for the plant. The temperature of the water will be manipulated through the use of a thermometer as well as a cold and heat source. Before watering the plant, the temperature of the water can be adjusted by adding a certain amount of warmer water, or leaving ice cubes

Andrew, Cos, Gabi, Rymn 10/30/2012 in the water for a measured period of time. The range of the variable will be from . This range was chosen because . (NEEDS A RANGE)

The variable which will be measured is the temperature of the water prior to adding it to the plant. Any qualitative observations regarding a change in then plants appearance or health will be recorded over time. The water temperature will be recorded using a thermometer, and will serve as the measurable quantitative value in correspondence to changes in the physical aspect of the plant. The dependent variables to be measured are the height and number of leaves on each plant. (MAY WANT TO ELABORATE ON QUALITATIVE/QUANTITATIVE VALUES) The factors which need to be kept constant are all that are not being studied. The only controlled variable in this experiment will be the water temperature; all other factors must be kept constant in order to ensure the accuracy of results. These other factors include quantity of water, air temperature, quantity of light, soil type, and frequency of watering. These factors will be kept constant by keeping the plant in a stable environment such as a room indoors. A well lit room with consistent heating and lighting would make a suitable environment for the plants. (THIS PARAGRAPH NEEDS IMPROVEMENT IN GENERAL) The results which are expected are that the water temperature will directly correspond with the overall health of the plant. This is expected because all living organisms have specific tolerance ranges, and outside of these ranges an organism will begin to die. This will remain true for the plant

Andrew, Cos, Gabi, Rymn 10/30/2012 to be grown in the experiment. It is hypothesized that as the plant reaches its limits for water temperature, its health will begin to decline. Water temperatures which are too hot or cold for the plant could result in cell damage, and the inability to use the water for metabolism. (NEEDS TO BE REVISED/NARROW DOWN HYPOTHESIS)