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Investigation to find how fast a paper helicopter falls.

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Introduction

Investigation to find how fast a paper helicopter falls

Introduction

                I am going to do an investigation to find out how changing the weight of the paper helicopter affects the speed at which it falls.

Equipment

                Paper clips, paper, 1 metre stick, timing device

Method

  1. Design a paper helicopter
  2. Cut the paper helicopter out
  3. Measure the height you intend to drop it from
  4. Weigh helicopter
  5. Drop the helicopter from the height
  6. Time how long it takes for it to fall to the ground
  7. Repeat experiment
  8. Record results
  9. Add paper clip
  10. Repeat experiment for each paper clip you add

Fair testing

                To make this a fair test I am going to repeat the experiment twice so the results are more accurate. Also I am going to keep the height from which I drop the helicopter from the same.

Safe testing

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Middle

Time taken for helicopter to fall to ground /seconds

1st

Time taken for helicopter to fall to ground /seconds

2nd

Average time

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Conclusion

        If I were to repeat my experiment I would keep the equipment the same because the equipment was perfect to do the experiment with. I wouldn’t change my method either because it worked well for this experiment. I may change the amount of retries I did. I believe if I preformed more test of each weight I would get a even fairer result. I believe it was a fair test as I dropped the helicopter from the same height each time and weighted the helicopter before I dropped each one.

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