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Duck science project

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Duck science project

  1. 1. Research Paper Name: Madison Browder #2 5D Class: BundyName of Science Fair Project: The Secrets of Duck Feet Date: 11-11-11
  2. 2. The name of my Science Fair Project is “The Secrets of Duck Feet.” This project isabout how duck use their feet to swim. One of the reasons that I chose this project is because myfavorite sport is swimming. Also, I like to see swans and ducks and I like to see them swimacross ponds. Another reason why I chose this topic is because I love the movie swan lake.In order to do my project I had to understand certain terms and concepts that are related to myexperiment. First, was foot morphology, the structure or end part of the leg of which someonedances, runs, stands etc. Then, I researched the surface area which is the outside solid formationof a restricted amount of room. In this topic the surfaced area would be the duck feet. Next, Iresearched the hydrodynamics, which are the movements or forces of liquid. It is basically thestudy of the behavior of liquids and their effects on objects. This would greatly affectperformance in swimming. Also, locomotion is the action of movement from one place toanother. Last, friction is two objects that rub together that cause an effect. I must be able to test a question that I will try to answer when I do my science fairproject. The question that I will try to answer when I do my project is “how does the webbing ofduck feet help ducks to swim?” I think this is s a good question because it is relevant to myproject for the science fair. Also, it will be east to answer because that’s what I have to do formy science fair experiment. That is why I chose this question for my science fair project.
  3. 3. In my experiment, I will use three types of variables. The first variable is called theindependent variable. An independent variable is the variable that is changed by the scientist inthe experiment. In an experiment only one thing can be changed at a time; this is called theindependent variable. The independent variable does not depend upon what happens to the othervariables. My independent variable is the different shapes of the webbing on the flippers. Thisis the only variable that I will change because of changes that are caused by and depend uponwhat changes are made to the independent variable. My dependent variable is the speed ofswimming that changes with each shape of flipper (independent variable). I also have a constantvariable. The constant variable in my science project is the water. The water always stays thesame. A hypothesis is an educated guess about how things work and it must be testable andmeasurable in order to reach a conclusion. I will test my hypothesis on testing three differentshapes of flippers and test whether the speed changes with each shape of flipper. I will measuremy hypothesis by using a stop watch and timing how long it takes to swim to the other side of apool. My hypothesis is that the grebe like bird will have the best average speed. When I conductmy experiment, I will provide evidence that will support or disprove my hypothesis.
  4. 4. Bibliography“Surface – Definition of Surface by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.”Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus – The Free Dictionary, Web. 10 Dec. 2011,<http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Suface>.“Morphology – Definition of Morphology by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus andEncyclopedia.” Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus – The Free Dictionary, Web. 10 Dec.2011, <http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Morphology>“Locomotion - – Definition of Locomotion by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus andEncyclopedia.” Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus – The Free Dictionary, Web. 10 Dec.2011, <http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Locomotion> “Hydronamics – Definition of Hydrodynamics by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus andEncyclopedia.” Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus – The Free Dictionary, Web. 10 Dec.2011, <http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Hydrodynamics>“Friction – Definition of Morphology by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus andEncyclopedia.” Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus – The Free Dictionary, Web. 10 Dec.2011, <http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Friction>“Feet – Definition of Morphology by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.”Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus – The Free Dictionary, Web. 10 Dec. 2011,<http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Feet>“Area – Definition of Morphology by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.”Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus – The Free Dictionary, Web. 10 Dec. 2011,<http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Area>“The Swimming Secrets of Duck Feet.” Science Fair Project Ideas, Answers, & Tools, Web. 10Dec. 2011. <http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas/aero_p014.shtml>

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