Solar Powered Car

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The Solar-Powered Getaway Car
Table of Contents:
Abstract………………………………..-- 1 --
Background Research………………………………..--2 -- Experiment Details………………………………..-- 3 -- Materials and Procedures………………………………..--3 -- Challenges and Technical Issues………………………………..--4 -- Experiment Results………………………………..-- 4-- Data Analysis & Discussion………………………………..--6 -- Conclusion………………………………..-- 6--

Recommendations………………………………..-- 7-- Acknowledgements………………………………..-- 7-- Bibliography………………………………..-- 7-- Experiment Notes………………………………..--attached at end -- Abstract
My project is about solar power. In my project I am testing the effects of differing amounts of light on a solar powered car. I have figured out that the more light the solar powered object is exposed to, the farther and faster it goes. The amount of light is measured in lumens, the more lumens, the more light. My results dictate what would happen if you drove a solar powered car on a cloudy day.

Background Research
Introduction
Question: How does the amount of light the car gets affect the distance it goes? Hypothesis: the less light, the less distance.
I picked this topic because solar power is a clean, renewable, energy resource that is a better alternative form of energy in cars than gasoline. I hope to learn how efficient solar panels are.
To do my experiment I used two 2 ¾ inch plastic blocks to keep the distance between the light and the car constant, 40, 60, 75, 100 watt light bulbs to power the car, and a ruler to measure the distance Scientists have discovered that solar power is a wonderful renewable energy resource that can be used for almost anything including cars, houses, and even airplanes. Solar energy was discovered by Edmund Becquerel in the 1830s. He observed and published findings about the ability of materials to turn light into energy. This was important because it pretty much paved the way for the solar powered objects of today. And there is probably a lot more to discover and create in this area. Solar energy is used to power airplanes, houses, cars, satellites, and even the space rovers like they have on Mars. I reckon that in the future, we will be able to adapt this to everything. Trains, boats, and even public transport will be solar powered. I hope that by doing this project I will increase my understanding of solar energy. Experiment Details

Experiment Question
What is the effect of light amount on the solar powered car? Experiment Hypothesis
My hypothesis is that the less light the car gets the slower and less far it will go. Experiment Variables
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Independent Variable: I purposely changed the amount of lumens -------------------------------------------------
Dependent VariableI measured the response of the manipulated variable with a ruler. -------------------------------------------------
Controlled VariablesOf all the variables that were used were kept the same. Like the distance between the light and the car. We used the same car each time. Materials and Procedures
Materials Used
1. Solar powered toy car
2. Kitchen floor
3. Ruler
4. 2 plastic boxes of the same size
5. Piece of tape
6. Lamp
7. 40, 60, 75, 100 watt light bulbs
Procedures
STEP 1: Place the car, plastic boxes and lamp on the floor.
STEP2: Insert the 40 watt bulb into the lamp
STEP 3: put the lamp on the floor and the car under it, turn it on then off, lastly, measure the distance the car went with the ruler do this three times with each light bulb Challenges and Technical Issues

Not all results read according to expectation. We found that after about 12 light exposures, the car seemed to go a shorter distance instead of the amount equivalent to the previous trial and in the last set of exposures the car went less distance than in the previous set. For example, The car traveled 8 inches in the third trial of the 1125 lumens...
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