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What is the best brand of toilet paper?

Students will begin to understand how to set up an experiment and use the
scientific method.

Materials: paper, pencils, rulers, calculators, balances, toilet paper, weights,


droppers, square of felt, stopwatches

Students will be finding out what type of toilet paper is best. Students must
decide which is best through 3 experiments.
What you do:
1. Your group must come up with 3 experiments to determine where you
would rank your toilet paper
2. Possible experiments may include: The cost, water absorbency,
stretchiness, softness, dissolvability (how fast it dissolves), durability/
strength
3. At their tables your group should write down each of your 3 experiments.
4. You can ask me any questions you want
5. Groups should perform their experiments.
6. Groups will then report to the class their conclusions (what you came up
with).
7. You must back up your claims with evidence.
Group members (first and last names):
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Period ____
Toilet paper # ____________

EXPERIMENT (what are you testing)

1.
2.
3.

WHAT WE DID (how are you testing it)


1.

2.

3.

RESULTS (what happened)

1.

2.

3.

RATING OF TOILET PAPER FOR EACH EXPERIMENT

Experiment 1 rating (1 roll lowest-5 rolls highest)

Why we rated it this way


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Experiment 2 rating

Why we rated it this way


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Experiment 3 rating
Why we rated it this way
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First was a strength test, where a square of paper was put over a cup, secured by a rubber
band, a squirt of water was applied, and then pennies were added until the paper
collapsed. The number
of pennies each sample held was recorded. Softness was determined by asking 3 people
to feel the
different tissues and giving their opinion on which they thought was the softest. Septic
tank friendliness
was tested by putting one square of each tissue in 1 liter of water and letting them sit for
4 days. Then I
visually observed which paper had deteriorated the most. Cost effectiveness was based on
the price of a
single roll of each tissue.

They ranked absorbency, softness and strength as 30% each in importance, with
degradability at 10%. Degradability is the tendency to fall apart when the paper gets wet