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Ms.

Leung Science Name: _______________________ Class: _____ Date: _______


Parachute Scientific Method Lab Report

Guidelines
All parts of the Parachute Scientific Method Plan for Action are done and are complete and
accurate.
Report is free of spelling and grammar mistakes.
Report is held together with staple/paper clip
Report is neat in appearance. Report is written neatly or typed up.
Include Title Page
Include Self and Group Work Rubric
Include Data/Results Page

Introduction
In the sport of skydiving, a person jumps out of an airplane from a very high altitude, flies
through the air, and releases a parachute to help them fall safely to the ground, as shown in
Figure 1. The parachute slows down the skydiver's fall so that they can land on the ground at a
safe speed. How does the parachute do this?

As the skydiver is falling, the force of gravity is pulling the skydiver and their parachute
towards the earth. The force of gravity can make an object fall very fast! The parachute slows
the skydiver down because it causes air resistance, or drag force. The air pushes the parachute
back up, and creates a force opposite to the force of gravity, slowing the skydiver down. As
the skydiver falls slowly to the earth, these "push and pull" forces are nearly in balance.


Self and Group Work Rubric Name: _______________________ Class: _____ Date: _______
SELF (you) All of the time
2
Some of the time
1
Never
0
I participate and work with group
during group work.

I help and did work without being
reminded or told.

I respect others and am open to
others ideas.

Total Score
_____ Out of 6

Group Members Name:

All of the time
2
Some of the time
1
Never
0
Participate and work with group
during group work.

Help and did work without being
reminded or told.

Respect others and is open to others
ideas.

Total Score
_____ Out of 6

Group Members Name:

All of the time
2
Some of the time
1
Never
0
Participate and work with group
during group work.

Help and did work without being
reminded or told.

Respect others and is open to others
ideas.

Total Score
_____ Out of 6

Group Members Name:

All of the time
2
Some of the time
1
Never
0
Participate and work with group
during group work.

Help and did work without being
reminded or told.

Respect others and is open to others
ideas.

Total Score
_____ Out of 6
Ms. Leung Science Name: _______________________ Class: _____ Date: _______
Parachute Scientific Method Plan for Action
1) Title: What is the name of your experiment?



2) Question: What are you trying to find out?

Does the Size of a Parachute Matter?

3) What is the independent variable (what
are you testing and changing)?



4) What is the dependent variable (what
would you be measuring)?
5) Hypothesis: What do you expect to happen? Give an explanation why you expect
what you predicted to happen?
Format: If , then , because
IV DV

6) What are the constants what do you have to keep the same?



7) What materials do you need?
Use bullets. For example: Scissors
Floss string
8) Procedure: What steps will you follow to test out your hypothesis?



9) Data/Results: What information did you record down during your experiment?



10) Data Analysis: How will you present your data (graph/table)?
Analyze and WRITE about the information from your graph or table (at least two things).



11) Conclusion: What were your results? Did your results support your hypothesis? What
could you have done differently or change? Any problems? (Bonus: Importance of
experiment compare to a life situation.)



Ms. Leung Science Name: _______________________ Class: _____ Date: _______
9) Data

10) Graph (Dont forget the parts of a graph)





Size of
Parachute

Time it takes for parachute to land Average
( 1
st
+ 2
nd
+ 3
rd
)
3 =
1
st
try 2
nd
try 3
rd
try