Wednesday, 3 July 2013

My Project

                         Project Title: Nothing But Net: The Science of Shooting Hoops


Swish! What a great sound when you hit the perfect shot and get nothing but net. Here's a project to get you thinking about how you can make that perfect shot more often.


The goal of this project is to determine if the ball's starting position for shooting a basketball affects a player's shooting percentage. In this project, you'll measure shooting percentage when players shoot baskets from chest height, chin height, and over the head.


Andrew Olson, Ph.D., Science Buddies

The idea for this project came from this DragonflyTV Podcast:

What position affects the shooting percentage?
Does the ball affect the shooting percentage?
Does different height of shooting affect the shooting percentage?
Does different parts of the court count for different shooting percentage?

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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Research Questions

- Various of electromagnetic wave speed
- What is an electromagnetic wave?
- Why is this so important?
- Equipments needed
- How do I carry out the experiment?
- How could I calculate the speed of the electromagnetic wave?
What is the relationship between wave speed, frequency, and wavelength?

Monday, 1 July 2013

Hypothesis For Personal Project

Dependant Variable --> What? --- Microwave (Constant) --> Spacing between hot spots --> Speed of light

Independent Variable ---> When ---> One day

Constant ---> Where --->  Lab, SST, Singapore.

Hypothesis: In the lab, there would be the Microwave, where one day, the lesser the length between the hot spots, the faster the speed of the electromagnetic wave.

Personal Project



Did you know that you can measure the speed of light using a microwave oven, some egg white, and a ruler? Find out how with this cool kitchen science project thanks to Mr. Nick Hood, a science teacher in Fife, Scotland.


The goal of this project is to measure the speed of electromagnetic waves in the microwave portion of the spectrum by measuring the spacing between hot spots in a microwave oven.


Andrew Olson, Ph.D., Science Buddies

  • The idea for this project and the microwave oven images are from:

    Mr. Hood's publication (Hood, 2007) and this Science Buddies project idea are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 UK: Scotland License.

    Research Questions

    When would the product be finished, if it was finished, why would it work and what is the theory behind it.

    Scientific Method

    The scientific method is a process for experimentation that is used to explore observations and answer questions. Scientists use the scientific method to search for cause and effect relationships in nature. In other words, they design an experiment so that changes to one item cause something else to vary in a predictable way.

    Steps To The Scientific Method:
    Ask a Question: The scientific method starts when you ask a question about something that you observe: How, What, When, Who, Which, Why, or Where?
    And, in order for the scientific method to answer the question it must be about something that you can measure, preferably with a number.
    Do Background Research: Rather than starting from scratch in putting together a plan for answering your question, you want to be a savvy scientist using library and Internet research to help you find the best way to do things and insure that you don't repeat mistakes from the past.
    Construct a Hypothesis: A hypothesis is an educated guess about how things work:
    "If _____[I do this] _____, then _____[this]_____ will happen."
    You must state your hypothesis in a way that you can easily measure, and of course, your hypothesis should be constructed in a way to help you answer your original question.
    Test Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment: Your experiment tests whether your hypothesis is true or false. It is important for your experiment to be a fair test. You conduct a fair test by making sure that you change only one factor at a time while keeping all other conditions the same.
    You should also repeat your experiments several times to make sure that the first results weren't just an accident.
    Analyze Your Data and Draw a Conclusion: Once your experiment is complete, you collect your measurements and analyze them to see if your hypothesis is true or false.
    Scientists often find that their hypothesis was false, and in such cases they will construct a new hypothesis starting the entire process of the scientific method over again. Even if they find that their hypothesis was true, they may want to test it again in a new way.
    Communicate Your Results: To complete your science fair project you will communicate your results to others in a final report and/or a display board. Professional scientists do almost exactly the same thing by publishing their final report in a scientific journal or by presenting their results on a poster at a scientific meeting.

    What Is Science?

    This is the human way of understanding the history of the natural world and how it works. It also uses natural phenomena, and/or through experimentation.