Lab 2 – Graphing Round Objects
Objective: Our objective for this lab is to discover what the relationship is between the diameter and the circumference of a round object.
Gather the needed materials. A notebook, a pen, and 7 round objects, string, and a meter stick •
For each round object, take the string and rap it around the outer edge making sure you do not overlap •
Take the string that fit around the edge, measure it, and mark it as the object’s circumference •
Take the meter stick and measure the round object at any two points but making sure it goes through it center. Mark this reading as the diameter •
Plot the points on a graph with a respective scale. Circumference on the y-Axis, Diameter on the X-Axis •
Calculate the slope of the best fit line and then enter the data into Excel and make a CG graph Data:
Sources of Error: Miscalculated slopes led to a faulty representation of the graph. This was corrected. The use of non-precise methods to obtain the data (Circumference and Diameter) may have to led to an imprecise graph and an improper value of Pi when C/D is calculated. Incorrect conversion of numbers and their units severely affected the outcome though this was corrected.
Conclusion: The relationship between the circumference and diameter of round objects is rather simple. The larger the diameter, the larger the circumference will be. However, they increase proportionately by a ratio of 3.14 or 22/7. This value is infamously known as the value Pi (π) and is the exact proportion between the circumference and diameter of any perfectly round object.
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