• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

An investigation to find out how different variables will effect the movement of a wooden block.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

An investigation to find out how different variables will effect the movement of a wooden block

Aim: Trying to find out how weight and the pull back of an elastic band will affect distance travelled on a wooden block on a particular surface.

Prediction: I will predict that as the amount of mass applied onto the block, the faster the block will slow down and it will go less far. Adding on to that, I reckon if the weight applied on the block is doubled then the distance travelled will half. This is because there will be more friction between the block and the desk and there will also be more gravitational pull acting downwards on the block which will slow down the wooden block.

Scientific Theory

 When you pull back the elastic band, storage energy is made which is the potential energy of this experiment. And the more that the elastic band is pulled back or the more elastic bands used in the experiment, there will be more potential energy.

...read more.

Middle

Desk surface (wooden) Meter rulersA stool

Safety

There will definitely be safety precautions to take when doing this experiment.

Plan of Investigation

Based on the preliminary experiment, the investigation to find out how different amounts of elastic bands which was used to propel the wooden block affected the total distance travelled. But since there wasn’t sufficient space in the lab to undergo this experiment the investigation failed to achieve any usable results. This was because the block slid too far and recordings would’ve been inaccurate as there will be a gap between two joining tables, so the variable will be the weight in the proper investigation.

To set up my actual experiment, a stool will be placed on top of the table. The rubber band which is used to propel the wooden block should be strapped between the front two legs of the stool. The wooden block will then be placed against the elastic band, in this particular type of experiment; the rubber band is going to be pulled back 25 cm.

...read more.

Conclusion

td class="c12" colspan="1" rowspan="1">

25

200

58

63

65

62

25

300

44

44

45

44.33333333

25

400

28

34

30

30.66666667

25

500

21

22

23

22

25

600

17

15

17

16.33333333

25

700

10

8

11

9.666666667

Below are the graphs for the three test results and the average of the three tests results, which has been done on the computer to show the precise accuracy of the numbers.

Analysis of Results

In my prediction I said that the block would slow down quicker if more mass was applied on it.

Evaluation

There were definitely some human errors and apparatus problems through put the experiment. The elastic band may have not been pulled back enough or even pulled back too much. The elastic band also may’ve stretched past its elastic limit which will cause a slight change in results. The surface of the desk is also important, as there will be graffiti marks and pen marks. But as my graph shows quite a smooth curve, meaning the errors would’ve been fairly minor.  

...read more.

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Forces and Motion section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Forces and Motion essays

  1. How Does The Mass On A Wooden Block Affect The Force Needed To Pull ...

    the mass of a block of wood has on the force needed to pull it along the desk, I will need to follow the method closely to ensure that the test is fair and achieves the correct results. 1. Collect the required equipment.

  2. In this experiment I aim to find out how the force and mass affect ...

    Definitions Gravity Force , Fgrav The force of gravity is the force at which the earth, moon, or other massively large object attracts another object towards itself. By definition, this is the weight of the object. All objects upon earth experience a force of gravity which is directed "downward" towards the center of the earth.

  1. This investigation is associated with the bounce of a squash ball. I will be ...

    The dependant variable I will be using is height, which will show the bounce of the ball. Variables I need to keep constant are, the height the ball is dropped from so I will just drop the ball from the same height each time and also the surface the ball

  2. Practical Investigation Into Viscosity

    Stoke's great Law of Drag If r = the radius of a sphere in cm d1 = the density of the sphere in g/cm3 d2 = the density of the fluid in g/cm3 g = the local gravitational acceleration in cm/S2 c = the Viscosity of the fluid in Poise

  1. Squash Ball and Temperature Investigation

    27 26 45 27 28 26 27 28 27 60 29 28 28 28 28 28 75 28 28 28 28 28 28 90 28 29 28 27 28 28 Calculation of Average Height of Bounce (cm) Time kept under water (s) 1 2 3 4 5 Total Average (cm)

  2. Physics investigation into the bending of a Cantilever.

    The workings below show this: y = 23 y = 43 = 8 = 64 This variable can be kept constant by ensuring the cantilever is clamped securely to the desk in the same place, and not moved during the course of the experiment.

  1. Investigation into the effect of temperature on viscosity

    A micrometer screw gauge will be used to accurately measure the diameter of the ball bearing in use. 6) The stop watch will be setup and readied while the correct temperature is being met. The hot temperatures will be met by heating the honey to the desired temperature (through the transfer of heat energy from the hot water).

  2. The Helicopter Investigation

    Create template for paper helicopter, which then must be folded and cut accordingly to instructions. 2. Attach 0.25g paperclip to the bottom of the helicopter near the cut line. 3. Use the metre stick to measure out two metres exactly from the floor.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work