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Paper parachute investigation - Investigating the relationships between the sizes of the cones, the time taken to fall to the ground and ultimately the speed at which each cone falls.

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  • Essay length: 1397 words
  • Submitted: 11/09/2003
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GCSE Forces and Motion

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Paper Parachute

Method

I will make several differently sized paper cones and time how long each cone takes to fall to the ground from the same height (2.72m). I can then investigate the relationships between the sizes of the cones, the time taken to fall to the ground and ultimately the speed at which each cone falls.

For this experiment, I will need:

* Different sized circles,

* Scissors,

* Protractor,

* Stopwatch,

* Ruler,

* Sellotape.

Before I start I must consider the most important factors in this experiment. The size of the cones; the change in size will create a change in air resistance and therefore affect the velocity. The amount of Sellotape we use will affect the weight of the cone and affect the results; therefore we must use proportionally the same amount of Sellotape for each parachute. The angle at which the cone is created will remain the same (60 degrees) throughout the experiment, as the angle will determine whether the cone is wide or narrow.

I will repeat the experiment 3 times and take an average to produce more accurate results. I

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