# The Paper Towel Absorbency Lab: Applying the Scientific Method

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The Paper Towel Absorbency Lab: Applying the Scientific Method
Ms. Bormann 8th Grade Honors Science Kawameeh Middle School

Applying the Scientific Method
1. Ask a question. 2. Research the topic. 3. Form a hypothesis. Record the materials you are using 4. Test the Hypothesis. 5. Gather Data. 6. Analyze Results. 7. Draw Conclusions. 8. Communicate Results.

A little information before you ask a question and identify the purpose:
In this experiment, we will use the scientific method to test three brands of paper towels to determine which brand really is ―the quicker picker upper. We will expose each brand of paper towel to the same treatment and then measure how much water each brand of towel absorbs in 30 seconds.

Question and Purpose Which brand of paper towel will absorb the most water? Purpose The purpose of this lab is to determine…

Research You’ve been using paper towels to clean up your mess ever since you were a little kid. Identify some background information regarding the paper towel brands you will be using. Sparkle Towels – Kirkland Towels &topnav=bd Dollar General Towels -

Hypothesis This is a tentative answer to the problem or question being asked. “If…then…” statement

Materials LIST all materials being used
Paper towels (be specific on brands) 250 mL beaker 1000 mL beaker 100 mL graduated cylinder Water Stop watch

Cut and paste this procedure in your lab notebook. When complete, below this procedure create a data table that includes towel brand, start amount (mL), finish amount (mL), and amount absorbed (mL).

Cut each paper towel sheet to the same size and RECORD the size in your notebook. Fill your 1000 ml beaker with water. Use the graduated cylinder to measure and fill the 250 ml beaker with 100 ml of water. Fold each paper towel in half 4 times. Dip one brand of paper towel in the water for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds, remove the paper towel from the water and hold until no more water is dripping out of the paper towel. Do not shake the towel! Put the paper towel aside. Pour the water remaining in the beaker back into the graduated cylinder and record the finish amount on the table you created. Subtract the finish amount from the start amount to determine how much water each brand of paper towel absorbed. Repeat for each brand of paper towel.