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Integrated Science

Investigative Research
Project

Name of candidate:

Sabrina Donaldson

School:

Bog Walk High School

Territory:

Jamaica

Centre Number:

10009

Teachers Name:

Mrs. A. Louden

Year of Examination: 2017

Subject: Integrated Science


Lab:

11

Date: April 12, 2016


Skill:

P&D (Planning and Designing)

Topic: Reproduction and Growth


Part A: The Proposal

Observation: Farmers often choose larger seeds for propagating/replanting crops while
discarding or rejecting smaller seeds. When asked, the typical farmer would say that bigger seeds
yield bigger crops. Is this only a myth? Will there be significant growth differences in crops
propagated with larger or smaller seeds?
Hypothesis: Crops propagated from larger seeds will grow and produce more than those
propagated from smaller seeds.
Aim: To investigate whether crops grown from larger seeds will grow more than crops grown
from smaller seeds.

Materials/apparatus
6 red peas with masses greater than or equal to 5g
6 red peas with masses less than or equal to 4g
12 planting bags(same size)
Loam soil
Hand spade
Measuring cylinder
Tap water
Labeling tape
Permanent marker
Bucket
30cm ruler
Scale (that measures in grams)

Variables
Manipulated variable: size of seeds.
Responding variable:

Growth (length/height and number of leaves)

Controlled variable:
time/duration.

Equal amount of water, soil and sunlight. Same type of soil. Same

Method
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Collect loam soil in the bucket


Use the hand trowel to mix the soil thoroughly mixed soil.
Three-quarters (3/4) fill each bag with the thoroughly mixed soil.
Examine the 12 red peas for defects (bites, scratches). Discard and replace samples where
necessary.
Group red peas into two groups according to the size. The red peas that are 5g will form
the L (large) group, and those 4g will form the S (small) group.
Place each of the larger red peas in separate bags. Each red pea should be covered with
approximately 1 cm of soil. Use the tape and marker to label these six bags L-1 to L-6
Repeat step 6 but with smaller red peas and label these six bags S-1 to S-6
Use the measuring cylinder to gently add 90 cm3 of tap water to each bag. Repeat the

watering process so that each bag is watered twice per day at approximately the same
time daily.
9. Once the seeds have germinated, placed all bags in open sunlight and continue to water
twice per day. Allow the experiment to proceed for 7 weeks.

Table 1: Heights of Plants

Heights in cm of plants grown from seeds

Heights in cm of plants grown from seeds

5 g (large)
week
1
2
3
4
5
6
7

L-1

L-2

L-3

4 g (small)
L-4

L-5

L-6

S-1

S-2

S-3

S-4

S-5

S-6

Table 2: Average Heights

Week

Average heights in cm of plants grown Average heights in cm of plants grown from


from seeds 5 g (large)
seeds 4 g (small)

1
2
3
4
5
6
7

Number of leaves

Table 3: Number of Fully Opened Leaves

week

Number of leaves on plants grown


from seeds
5 g (large)

Number of leaves on plants grown from seeds

L-1

S-1

L-2

L-3

L-4

L-5

1
2
3
4
5
6
7

Table 4: Average Number of Leaves

L-6

4g(small)
S-2

S-3

S-4

S-5

S-6

WEEK

Average Number of leaves found on


plants grown from seeds

Average Number of leaves found on plants


grown from seeds

5g(large)

4g(small)

1
2
3
4
5
6
7

Precaution: water the young seedlings with care. Take extreme care not to break the week old
seedlings when measuring heights.

Assumption: Seeds were free from pest and diseases.

Expected result
The plants grown from the larger seeds ( 5 g) should grow taller than those grown
from smaller seeds ( 4 g) after a seven-week period.
The plants grown from the lager seeds 5 g should have more leaves than those
grown from smaller seeds 4 g after a seven-week period.