Melting point of ice cream

  • Subject: Biology (and other Life Sciences)
  • Topic: Melting point of ice cream
  • Number of problems: 1 problem(s)
  • Number of source/references: 1
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Order instructions:Scientific Method Activity #3
How does the type of container affect ice cream’s melting time?

Name:

Date:

Purpose of the Project:
The purpose of this experiment is to determine how different types of containers (made from different materials – glass, ceramic, metal, plastic…) affect ice cream’s melting time.

Information Gathering (5 points):

Include research information to support your hypothesis.
Include any information you need in order to conduct the experiment. (Definitions of unknown terms… Examples: Define melting point. What materials make good insulators?)
Make sure this information is in your own words.
Include at least two source websites.
Identify the independent and dependent variables.

Hypothesis (5 points):

State your hypothesis – educated guess for the question presented.
It should be a single sentence answer to the question listed above.
It must be testable and compatible with the information you gathered.

Materials and Equipment (5 points):

List all materials needed to complete the experiment.
You must use at least 3 different types of containers. (Example: glass, ceramic, metal, plastic…)
Refer to activities #1 & #2 for examples.
Experimental Procedure (20 points):

Design an experiment to test your hypothesis.
Use a numbered sequence for conducting the experiment stated in brief, complete sentences.
Refer to activities #1& #2 for examples.
Data (25 points):

Include all the raw data collected from at least three trials for each of the three containers. (A minimum of 9 values total.)
Decide on the best way to present this data. (Table, list, …)
Include the correct units of measurement. (USE METRIC UNITS)
Make sure you clearly label your data.
Refer to activities #1 & #2 for examples of data presentation.

Experimental Observations (5 points):

Take notes about your observations during the data collection process.
Include several specific observations.
Make sure you include a description of any problems that arise.
Calculations and Results (20 points):

Decide on the presentation of the results. (Table, list, …)
Decide on the proper calculations (Difference, sum, average value…) needed to summarize the results.
Include the correct units of measurement. (USE METRIC UNITS)
Make sure you clearly label your calculation results.
Did you collect enough data for valid results? (At least three trials for each of the three containers.)

Conclusions (15 points):

Was your hypothesis correct?

If yes, write a conclusion paragraph about your results and why you think or do not think your results are valid.
Include any problems or errors that arose during the experimentation process and describe how these problems/errors might have affected the experiment results.
Include any additional information that you learned during this experiment.

If no, write a conclusion paragraph explaining why your results did not agree with your hypothesis.
Include information as to whether or not the hypothesis should be revised, and the experiment repeated.
Include any problems or errors that arose during the experimentation process and describe how these problems/errors might have affected the experiment results.
Include any additional information that you learned during this experiment.

****Please notice that this section is worth 15 points. I expect a quality summary paragraph with an insightful analysis of the experimentation process. I am not grading for a correct yes/no answer.***

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