|Explore||Plants have leaves with which they photosynthesize sunlight. Inside those leaves are chlorophyll which converts sunlight into energy. Plants have roots with which they gather nutrients and water, which is transferred through their stems. Questions that interest us are how plants react to...|
|Research Question||We want to study the effect of sound on plant growth. We came up with this question by first looking at the materials that were available and since we we're all interested in technology, we decided to pursue the effect of sound. We know a lot about technology and had previous done many...|
|Predictions||There are three possible outcomes given our experiment. The first, which we favor, is that a higher frequency will positively affect plant growth based on studies already made on different plants. There doesn't seem to be a general consensus on the reason of this. The second is that a lower...|
|Experimental Design||Our plan, as shown in our Experimental Design Diagram (saved in Files as a PDF under the name 'EDD'), is to have three test groups with each group having 12 trials. One will be subjected to 500 Hz, the second to no sound (control), and the third to 7,600 Hz. When the experiment is complete, we...|
|Conclusion||In the project results, the plants subjected to sound tones grew the tallest and had the most leaves on average. The plants grown in the 7600 hz tones had the highest averages for both, followed by the 500 hz ones and then the control with no sound. Our final paper detailing this is saved in...|
Thanks Matt for being our mentor! We have concluded that there is a small gain in having the higher sound, but you would need a more controlled experiment to find a specific correlation. We have concluded that there really is no significant difference in having higher frequencies during plant growth.
Good job on the lab report! What are your goals/requirements for presenting your results? A written report, a poster, a presentation?
You may still be working on the report, but I'm curious to know what your results mean. As scientists, we have to answer some additional questions about our experiments (so that our work can help other scientists and give information about larger problems): How sure are you of your conclusions? Can you be sure that the plants your study accurately represent their species? Can you be sure that the plants you grew aren't a freak accident?
Answering these questions might be easier if you add the standard deviations that you calculated to your bar plots in excel (let me know if you want help with this, ask your teacher, or try google)- what do you think?
I added our conclusions in the info section. Rohan should upload the full final paper shortly.
I uploaded pictures of the results. Here, we recorded the height in cm and leaf count. We're going to include a data table of all the trials, but also average them and graph them.
Today we finished the experiment and took the final height and leaf count of each plant. Gustav will post the results later.
We have already collected our data and we don't think that counting flowers or seed pods is necessary because we have already have leaf counts. We also don't have enough time to wait for the seed pods to mature.
What do you think about counting the number of flowers or seed pods as well? It looks like you've already taken down the experiment, but perhaps this could be calculated from the images you have?
I forgot to mention this but for some reason, our foam setup started to leak. Luckily, Gustav and I were there and we added a plastic wrap under the aluminum, so the water will stay put. Fortunately nothing was broken or affected by this problem.
We're planning on collecting the data on Wednesday. We're going to measure the height of each plant and the leaf count. We're thinking of adding those together to come up with a final score for each trial. They have begun flowering.
We think that our experiment will run for another week. We believe that the flowers will grow over the next week.
I uploaded the latest pictures of the plant growth before our school break on Thursday and Friday. Also, we need to add the team photo. Rohan, I think you have that on your phone.