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  • Define the Question
  • I wonder what type of phone is easier to break?
  • Research on Topic
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  • Form a Hypothesis
  • The flip-phones will snap in half and break much easier than the smartphones. 
  • Lost and Found
  • Zack notices his classmate typing away on a cracked phone screen and Zack starts to think of a testable question.
  • Design an Experiment 
  • Independent Variable- Height of drop (4 ft) Dependent Variable-How broken the phone is after the drop. (Doesn't break,screen cracks,or doesn't work)  Constants-Concrete floor,drop height,phones are dropped with the screen facing down.
  • After pondering over this, Zach skips lunch and goes down to the computer lab so he can do some quick research for better understanding. 
  • Perform and Collect Data
  • The research influences Zack's hypothesis that the flip-phones will be easier to break. After skimming over articles and graph data Zack wants to test the experiment out for himself to get better data results.
  • Draw Conclusions
  • When Zack gets back to class from his lunch break he immediately takes out his paper and starts writing down his procedure for the experiment. 
  • During class Zack gets a bathroom pass but goes to the empty theatre instead so he can perform his experiment. He keeps an undropped flip-phone and smartphone off to the side as his control group so he can compare them to the dropped phones. Zack checks each phone after he drops them and writes down his observations.  
  • Instead of throwing away the broken phones after his experiment Zack just leaves them there and runs back to class. While going over his data analysis Zack comes to the conclusion that his hypothesis is wrong. Zack mumbles curses to himself during the rest of class.
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