# Effect of Paper Thickness on Distance

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Effect of Paper Thickness on Distance
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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)
1 4675
2 3820
3 5425
4 5965
5 2875 Average Distance- 4552mm

Plane #2 [yellow cardboard]
Thickness = 19 micrometers Weight =4.047g
Repeat Number Distance Covered (mm)
1 6275
2 6640
3 5150
4 5985
5 5150 Average Distance- 5840mm

Plane #3 [white cardboard]
Thickness = 16 micrometers Weight = 3.515g
Repeat Number Distance Covered(mm)
1 6800
2 6720
3 5860
4 5425
5 6930 Average Distance- 5949mm

Plane #4 [office paper]
Thickness = 10 micrometers Weight = 2.552g
Repeat Number Distance Covered(mm)
1 5100
2 5290
3 5875
4 6375
5 4785
Average Distance-5485mm

Plane #5 [recycled paper]
Thickness = 8 micrometers Weight = 1.444g
Repeat Number Distance Covered(mm)
1 3020
2

Bibliography: Ø Alex 's paper airplanes [online] http://www.paperairplanes.co.uk/nickplan.html(22/07/04) Ø All star Network [online] http://www.allstar.fiu.edu/aero/fltmidfly.htm (23/07/04) Ø Paper airplane aerodynamics [online] http://www.paperplane.org/paero.html (22/07/04) Ø National Science Teachers Association [online] http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/science_and_children.php?news_story_ID=47834 (23/0704) Ø Brian Knapp, 1991, science in our world flight, the Macmillan company of Australia pty. ltd., 107 Moray street, south Melbourne 3205 Ø Helix [online] http://www.publish.csiro.au/helix/cf/issues/th64b4.cfm(25/07/04)

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