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

Observe and investigate how high a bug-up toy can jump.

Extracts from this document...




My aim for this experiment is to observe and investigate how high a bug-up toy can jump. The jump will be measured and for variation I will add plastercine to prove if it will alter the height of the jump.


In order to do this experiment I am going to be using one bug-up toy. The reason for this is because it will benefit that the experiment is a fair test rather than changing and using different toys. All you have to do to use the bug-up toy is just simply press down onto it and after a few seconds the bug-up will jump. I will measure the height of the jump by using a meter ruler stick and stood up vertically straight. After a number of results recorded I will then add some plastercine to see whether it turns out that it does affect the weight of the bug-up. It will work when I record it with the plastercine and a sudden change has occurred in its height. I will watch the bug-up jump and record the result of the height that it jumped.

...read more.


The mass or weight of the toy can affect its performance, the bigger the mass the lower the jump. I will attempt to control this factor by keeping it light and may make different recordings with added mass. They all include a sucker to hold down the bug-up so that the person’s finger can be released to avoid human error. Although it is holding down the toy it may make the toy to jump lower than without the sucker and it will alter the time longer before jump. I can’t really do much about it but just continue. The spring can be different. It can either be soft or stiff. The stiffer the spring, the higher it jumps but size does matter. So I may have a smaller spring than someone else. The bug-up toy may need to be pressed on against harder or longer to work at its best. It wouldn’t matter much to me I assume.  There may be a point where I would make a mistake with the bug-up, which the term used for is known as human error.  


...read more.



     4.        Kinetic Energy and sound (K .E)- this is the point when it is falling back to the ground. Sound is caused when it lands on the ground.        


To explain all of this in short and brief then perhaps an energy flow diagram will do:

     E.P.E                   K.E. (Sound)                 G.P.E                 K.E. (Sound and heat) image01.pngimage01.png

Preliminary Work:

Just before I begin the actual experiment I have to make sure that my method and planning is literally acceptable and to get the feeling of using the bug-up and get the experience of using my method. It is basically the early work stages of the experiment but it doesn’t count. In preliminary work I can observe whether my method will be a good fair test and give out good fair results.

         I can study the means of handling the bug-up. I found out its maximum height it can jump and placed a ruler on the height and then work it out from there. Also I can make sure that the measurements I am reading are accurate, as well as the amount plastercine I put in the bug-up and its mass.

...read more.

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Electricity and Magnetism 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
  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work