My answers to the detergent Inquiry experiment
- We began this inquiry with the wonder question: does the materials in the detergents, the fabric, the amount of detergent and water temperature affect the cleaning ability. Does the price have anything to do with the after math of the cleaning. Does the detergent work on different types of stains or different sizes of stains. This did influence the way I designed the experiment because I always had lots of wonder questions in my head.
- The research helped plan the experiment because I now know what kind of ingredients there are, what is advertised what it is supposed to do and things like that.
- The independent variables were: the fabric, the sized the type of stain, the amount of water, the water temperature, how we mixed and how long we mixed. The dependent variable was the detergent that we used.
- The hypothesis that my group and I used was: when cleaning the Coke stained cloth, we think that Tide will clean the best.
- My group and I made sure to fill the beaker up to a certain line, using the same amount of soap in a graduated cylinder .
- The new wonder questions this inquiry led me to are as follows: how would the same detergent work against different kinds of stains, would the experiment work out the same if we put things in a different order, if we mixed it differently, if we wring out the towel before we put it in? I wonder if we used 2 different kinds of detergents in the same wash, how would it work out? I would want to see of 1 detergent does against different stains.
- I feel the the group could have worked better together. I felt like one person took charge and made it not too fun, some people did not pull their weight and some people were confused. The skill I was able to bring to my group was my organization skills, I tried my best to keep people on task.
Here is my summary/report of the inquiry
The purpose of the Inquiry for my group was to find out if what is advertised of the detergent in true, while fight agent Coke. The material list goes as follows: 1 10ml graduated cylinder, 4 beakers, the 4 detergents (Sunlight Morning F, Tide Cold Water, Western Family Ultra detergent), sink Tupperware container, 1.25L of Coca Cola, Rag divided and cut into 4 square pieces, paper folded and cut into 4 pieces, pencil, paper towel. To keep ourselves safe we wore safety glasses. Here is the procedure:
- The night before, cut rag into 4 square pieces and put them into Tupperware container. 2. Pour the 1.25L of coca cola into the Tupperware container. 3. The next day, measure out 7
millilitres of tide detergent into a graduated cylinder. 4. Take one square of the rag out of the Tupperware container, DON’T RING IT OUT, and put it into a 500 ml beaker . 5. Fill the beaker up to the 300 ml mark with water. 6. Pour the Tide in the graduated cylinder into the beaker . 7. Mix the beaker for 3 minutes. 8. Use paper and pencil and write down Tide and place in front of beaker . 9. Let sit. 10. Repeat steps 3 to 9 for the other 3 detergents, make sure to write down the name of the detergent you are using in step 8. 11. Once all 4 detergents are done, take out the cloth from the beaker . 12. Over sink, ring out and rinse out. 13. Place over 2 paper towels. 14. Repeat steps 11 to 13 for the other 3 pieces.