INT1_SUM_Task_Science_Project_REVISION

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1 Running head: INT1 SUM TASK INT1 SUM Task: Paper Towel Absorbency Science Experiment Western Governors University
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2 INT1 SUM Task: Paper Towel Absorbency Science Experiment A. Problem Statement: Which brand of paper towel can absorb the most water? Paper towels absorb water because of surface tension, which is created by the paper towel shape and design with fibers. To summarize Lauren Vork, there is a capillary type action that occurs between water molecules, which holds them together. The tiny spaces between the fibers of a paper towel create surface tension which helps the water to separate into individual pockets that produce a stronger bond between intermolecular attractions than the gravitational pull on the water (n.d.). I want to know that I am getting the most value for my money. Even at the simple level of absorbency of a specific brand of paper towel, I want to ensure I’m getting the most bang for my buck. Most of us have experienced spilled milk. We’ve gone to grab a paper towel to help clean up the mess as quickly as possible, and it takes 3 paper towels to clean up the mess. The reverse has also happened. You grab one paper towel and it can handle the entire situation. The prices between these two examples of paper towels can have substantial variances. With the current economy, it is crucial that we be financially sound as possible to protect our investments, our families, and our future. If we blindly buy goods or services, based on inaccurate information, the potential of mishandled finances is much higher. The main use of paper towels is as a disposable product, which by nature goes against being frugal. However, when you consider the convenience and hygiene issues, it can out way the cost. In today’s market, there are multiple brands of paper towels for consumers to choose from. They vary in their absorbency, their strength, their price, and their design. By knowing the qualities presented by each one, a consumer can get the best value for their purchase. This experiment will evaluate only the absorbency of 5 different brands of paper towels,
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3 Running head: INT1 SUM TASK which are Bounty, Viva, Sparkle, Western Family, and Brawny. By subjecting a sample 12x9 inch piece of each paper towel brand to 50 ml of water in a tray, and releasing the collected water into a graduated cylinder, we will be able to measure the absorbency of each brand of paper towel. A1 . I found the following two sources to be helpful given their topic of paper towel experiment. The Paper Towel Experiment. (2007). Retrieved March 1, 2010 from http://gomestic.com/consumer-information/the-paper-towel-experiment/ With this project, five different brands of paper towels were tested for absorbency. He put 50 mls of water into a tray. He took a square from one of the brands of paper towel and had it absorb as much water as possible, but without a set time. Once he removed the paper towel, he measured the remaining amount of water left in the tray and subtracted that from the original 50
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