Identify the Problem What was the problem/question that Adam and Jamie were trying to solve? Can a whirlpool pull a large ship underwater? Is the myth of the “Whirlpool of Death” true? Can a whirlpool pull a person under?
Form a Hypothesis What did Adam and Jamie theorize would happen? They believed it could pull a person under. Since the whirlpool could pull a person under then it could possibly pull a ship under.
Create an Experiment How did Adam and Jamie design the experiment to be performed? First researched the mechanics of how whirlpools work. Second, they worked with small scale models and then built their way up to larger ones. Last they decided on the best model to use for the main experiment.
Perform the Experiment How was the main experiment done? Adam and Jamie built a container that creates a large whirlpool. The water is drain from the bottom then pump back to the top creating a whirlpool. A small scale ship is then placed at the top of the container to see if it sinks or floats.
Analyze the Data What data was collected from the experiment? The ship sank when the experiment was performed. However when the speed of the whirlpool was reduced to the fastest natural whirlpool recorded, the ship DID NOT sink.
Communicate Results What was the final outcome of the experiment? Was the hypothesis correct? Confirmed, Busted or Plausible? A whirlpool can pull a ship under water but has to 100 times bigger than the fastest natural whirlpool recorded. (BUSTED!) A whirlpool can pull a person underwater. (PLAUSIBLE?)