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Popcorn Experiment

With respect to the shortness of this document’s requirements, it is almost mandatory to draw a concise, but detailed account of the given topic. The topic in focus is that of a popular study, titled “The Popcorn Experiment”- one that is most generally conducted in the classrooms of younger students, as it is a primary example of the scientific approach behind any experimental research. With further detail and specifics to the methodology required in performing this experiment, the following paragraphs will explore the objectives of such a topic. Reference to the scientific theory allows students to accompany their research findings with the beneficiary processes of building new hypotheses of their own and forming a conclusive argument as to why the results were produced in the way they appeared. The popcorn experiment is simple in nature, but holds much purpose.

This introductory form of experiment can be held and performed in a number of ways by the direction of either the students or the lesson planner. It is important for the instructor to outline his or her own concerns towards the experiment before any physical research begins in order to have the experiment run both fairly and smoothly for all participants. In acknowledging this form of direction, students are then to administer their own control depending on their participation level in the experiment.

As an example, the purpose of the experiment could be as follows: to determine the most favorable brand of microwavable popcorn as determined by the number or percentage of kernels left un-popped in one bag as the proposed formula. Firstly, the students form a hypothesis from background information they have retained from subjective experience. As with any scientific approach to a study, the researcher or researchers will proceed in their experiment by observing their proposed form of measurement. This experiment in particular is introductory to the development of ideas and ways in which to support or disprove a hypothesis. Secondly, the experiment must be empirically tested to provide an assessment of the workings of the method being used. Thirdly, the researcher or researchers analyze the data that has been observed and collected, which can then be used to draw all final conclusions for the experiment. In this study, the data will either support or disprove the generated hypothesis on the measurement of microwavable popcorn.

It is important for the students participating in the popcorn experiment to discuss the results they have found and communicate ways in which different approaches or measurements could have affected the outcome of the experiment as a whole.

 

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