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Paper Airplane Experiment


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Question: Do the number of holes affect how far a paper airplane will fly?
Hypothesis: If a paper airplane has fewer holes, then it will fly farther.
Materials: two sheets of notebook paper, a hole puncher
Procedure:
  1. Fold two paper airplanes. Make sure they are the same design.
  2. Use a hole puncher to punch two holes in one of the planes. Punch 12 holes in the other plane.
  3. Take the planes to an open place and throw them five times. Make sure you are throwing from the same place each time.
  4. Make a note of which plane goes farther each time on a data table. No measuring!
  5. Draw conclusions.

Results: The paper airplane that had two holes flew farther in four of the five trials.


Trial 1
Trial 2
Trial 3
Trial 4
Trial 5
2 holes
X
X

X
X
12 holes


X



Conclusion statement: Paper airplanes with fewer holes fly farther.

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