June 16, 2002
June 16, 2002
June 19, 2002
7.383.1 - 7.383.5
Because many students are unfamiliar with the development of experimental procedures, a project was sought that would allow students to use the design process to generate an optimal experimental procedure. An experiment that required students to determine the coefficient of drag for a small, dollar-store parachute figurine was selected. After a brief introduction to the pertinent theory, students were tasked to determine a governing equation for the experiment, identify measurable variables, generate concepts for experimental procedures, evaluate them based on customer requirements, conduct the experiment, analyze the results, and suggest improvements for subsequent iterations. Survey data indicates that most students enjoyed the project even though it required hard work, and that most learned how to design an optimal experimental procedure.
Reed, S., & Dorminey, D. (2002, June), Designing Experimental Procedures: A Low Cost, Hands On Project That Students Actually Enjoy Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10096
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