# Effect of Paper Thickness on Distance

Topics: Paper plane Pages: 4 (527 words) Published: November 9, 2006
Procedural Recount

Aim
To analyze the effect of paper thickness on the distance covered by a paper plane.

Hypothesis
The thinner the paper the further the paper plane would glide so it would cover a larger distance. This is because of the smaller gravity force acting on the paper plane made out of the thinner paper, since the mass of this plane is smaller.

Apparatus
Tape measurer
Blue tack
6 sheets of different types of paper (office paper, paper towel, cardboard of different thickness and recycled paper)

Method
1.Six sheets paper which were 15cm by 21cm were taken
2.Each of the sheets of paper were folded into "Nick's plane" 3.Then someone stood on a marked spot where the experiment was performed. 4.The planes got thrown and it glided in the air
5.Blue tack was as a marking on the place where the plane landed 6.Steps 3,4 and 5 were repeated five times
7.Distance was measured from marked standing spot to blue tack 8.Steps 3 to 7 were repeated for each plane

Variables
Force [constants]
Wind [constants]
Distant [dependant variable]
Types of paper [independent variable]

Results
Plane #1 [Black Cardboard]
Thickness = 30 micrometers Weight =6.484g
Repeat Number Distance Covered (mm)
14675
23820
35425
45965
52875
Average Distance- 4552mm

Plane #2 [yellow cardboard]
Thickness = 19 micrometersWeight =4.047g
Repeat NumberDistance Covered (mm)
16275
26640
35150
45985
55150
Average Distance- 5840mm

Plane #3 [white cardboard]
Thickness = 16 micrometersWeight = 3.515g
Repeat NumberDistance Covered(mm)
16800
26720
35860
45425
56930
Average Distance- 5949mm

Plane #4 [office paper]
Thickness = 10 micrometersWeight = 2.552g
Repeat NumberDistance Covered(mm)
15100
25290
35875
46375
54785
Average Distance-5485mm

Plane #5 [recycled paper]
Thickness = 8 micrometersWeight = 1.444g
Repeat NumberDistance Covered(mm)
13020
24000...