Paintball Experiment

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Data Analysis The scientific question that was asked in this experiment was,”What is the best angle to shoot a paintball to achieve the farthest distance possible?” The hypothesis of the experiment was,” If a paintball is shot at a 50 degree angle, than the paintball will travel the farther than any other angle tested.” The independent variable is the angle of degrees the paintball is shot from and the dependent variable is the distance the paintball travels at the different angles it is shot from. The control variables are the brand of paintball gun, the model of the paintball gun, the type of paintballs being shot from the paintball gun, and the tools used to measure the distance the paintball goes. A few materials needed to test this project are a paintball gun, a tape measure in meters, and paintballs. To gather data for this experiment shoot paintballs at 0 degrees three times to collect your data for 0 degrees, then you repeat shooting the paintballs three times from 5 degrees to 80 degrees counting by fives. Collect the data after…show more content…
Also, the paintball does not travel in a perfect arch so the result of 35 degrees as the best angle to shoot a paintball to achieve the farthest distance possible makes sense. One extraneous variable that could have affected the results of the experiment was the weather outside. Another extraneous variable that could have affected the results was, not every angle between 0 degrees and 90 degrees was tested. Instead, the degrees used to test the distance of the paintball were measured by fives, from 0 degrees to 80 degrees. 85 degrees and 90 degrees were not able to be tested because the paintball would not go straight because it traveled too high before coming back don to the ground. So, the point where the paintball hit the ground was not able to be identified for 85 and 90
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