Scientific Method and Engineering Process Compare & Contrast

Scientific Method and Engineering Process Compare & Contrast

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  • Oh no look at that cat! He's stuck on the top of that building. Can cats land on their feet?
  • My hypothesis is if a cat is high up off the ground, then they cannot land on their feet, but if they aren't high off the ground, then they can land on their feet.
  • Research is key.  On it explains how cats are flexible and the height  of the fall determines how they land.
  • Yes, the cats shift their body weight during the fall so that they fall properly. Now, we are going to experiment.   
  • Since, the stuck cat is our only test subject, we are going to look up other experiments.  Let's get started!
  • French scientist Etienne Jules Marey tested the reflex in 1890 by dropping a cat and using his chronophotographic camera to capture up to 60 consecutive frames a second of the cat’s fall. Afterward, he was able to watch in slow motion how the cat began to shift its balance the second the fall began.
  • The scientist found out that cats shift their body weight to land properly, but from a high height, it's hard for cats to land correctly. This can result in major injuries or even death.
  • Our hypothesis was correct! Now we need to go and tell the cat's owner to call the fire department so the cat can down safely. We used the scientific method to help the cat. We learned a lot about cats and hopefully this information will be useful in the future. Bye! Look at that cat stuck on top of that building!
  • Meow!
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