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A technically complete science fair project in ONE HOUR

Posted by on December 15, 2013

This project is not going to win any fair, but if you are in a jam and just need SOMETHING and a decent grade, then this project might help:

Science Fair Project in One Hour

WHAT YOU NEED: maple syrup (cheap fake stuff is best), tall thin glass container like a flower vase (taller is better), at least 30 pennies, pot with 3 inches of water on stove, stopwatch, thermometer (but can do the project without one – see below).

QUESTION: How does temperature affect viscosity?

RESEARCH: look up “viscosity” and learn what viscosity is. NOTE if you actually have more than one hour, then also learn about how viscosity affects very small organisms like phytoplankton and fish larvae and think about how global climate changes could impact the viscosity of the oceans and what that might mean for marine ecosystems.

HYPOTHESIS (pick one, but only one):
—-If temperature increases, then viscosity will increase
—-If temperature increases, then viscosity will decrease
—-If temperature increases, then viscosity will stay the same


Independent variable (the one you will change) = temperature; measured with a thermometer or as a function of time with heat applied (called Heat Time; see below)

Dependent variable (the one you will measure) = viscosity; measured as the time it takes for an object to fall through a fluid (called Fall Time below). Low viscosity = Short fall time

Controlled variables (the ones you don’t care about but must stay the same between trials) = size/shape of container, maple syrup, pennies

1. Fill the glass container with maple syrup, put container in pot with about 3 inches of water; do not turn on heat yet.

2. Drop in one penny and time (use stop watch) how long it takes to hit the bottom of the container, listen for the sound of the penny hitting the glass. Repeat 2 more times making sure you drop the penny from the same height each time; record data in a table.

3. Turn heat on to medium; start another timer or look at clock to mark Heat Time = 0

4. Every 2 minutes drop in another 3 pennies (one at a time, timing each one). If you have a thermometer, you should also record the actual temperature. NOTE: as time goes on, more heat is applied and temperature increases. In this case, time is easier to measure than temperature because where the thermometer sits in the maple syrup will affect your temperature reading.

CONTROL: the viscosity at room temperature, before any temperature increase is applied; so the Fall Times for the first three pennies dropped in.

Make a table showing Heat Time (0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, etc. in minutes); Temperature in degrees if you took it; and the three fall times, one for each penny. Then make a column for the average fall time.

Make a LINE GRAPH with Heat Time (a measure of Temperature) on the x-axis and FALL TIME (a measure of Viscosity) on the y-axis. Graph the average fall times for each heat time data point.

If you took real temperatures, make a second line graph with Temperature on the x-axis.

What does the line look like? Is it straight or curved? If you did both are the two lines the same or different?

Now you must accept or reject your hypothesis. So determine if the data match your hypothesis. If yes, then accept. If no, then reject.

Does the line go up? Then the data show that as Heat Time (= temperature) increased, the Fall Time (= viscosity) increased. Is that the hypothesis you chose? Then accept your hypothesis, otherwise reject it.

Does the line go down? Then the data show that as Heat Time (= temperature) increased, the Fall Time (=viscosity) decreased. Is that the hypothesis you chose? Then accept your hypothesis, otherwise reject it.

Is the line straight across (not going upward or downward)? Then the data show as Heat Time (=temperature increased, the Fall Time (=viscosity) did not change. Is that the hypothesis you chose? Then accept your hypothesis, otherwise reject it.

IF you have more time, you can also do the experiment by putting container in refrigerator to change the temperature in the opposite direction.

MAKE IT YOUR OWN: Repeat with different types of syrup (rank by cost) or with other fluids like corn syrup or molasses.

208 Responses to A technically complete science fair project in ONE HOUR

  1. Ariella

    Thank you so much!

  2. hanna

    what exactly is the maple syrup doing? What is the purpose of the container of maple syrup?

  3. Adama Wann

    When you say to drop the penny inside, do you mean in the maple syrup or the pot on the stove (around the glass container in pot).

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      Drop the penny into the container with the syrup so that you are measuring the time it takes the penny to fall through the syrup with different viscosities.

  4. Ironzwagg

    Thank you so much you are a life saver.

  5. john rodriguez

    Can you do the graph? Im a senior takinhg ap bio and i need to comllete this please help!!! I procrastinated ughhhh help!

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      I can not do a graph without data, but once you have your data, make a line graph with time/temperature on the x-axis (horizontal one) and average time on the y-axis (vertical one).

  6. procastinator


    • 4 day procastinater

      Same my project is due in 4 days and i haven’t even started thx for the idea it is a reel life savior and original idea

  7. Rosie Worrie

    What if we can’t present the experiment without the pot of hot water could I just use a bowl and fill it with hot water

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      Probably not, the water needs to be hot to change the viscosity of the syrup. If you are trying to use this as a demonstration you MIGHT be able to set up 3 containers – 1 with hot water, 1 with ice water, and 1 at room temperature and you MIGHT be able to detect a difference – good luck

  8. Katherine

    where is the water suppose to be in the container or in the pot for step one

  9. Trish

    Would this be considered physical science?

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      Technically yes – you are looking at how temperature affects viscosity which falls under physical science. If you REALLY focus on the impact the changes might have on tiny organisms like phytoplankton you might be able to sell it as an environmental science or life science project, but it would best be described as a physical science project.

  10. Trish

    Sorry another question… how would I explain internal validity?
    Thank you for your help and previous answer!

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      It is the extent to which you minimize the bias. Think of all the variables you are holding the same and the ones that change even slightly. Comment on the items dropped are the same (all pennies) to the extent practical, but technically each penny could be very, very, very slightly different. Also the temperature of the syrup is kept as close to the same as possible but acknowledge that there could be differences from when the first and last penny are dropped at each time point.

  11. Sagar

    How much maple syrup are we supposed to put in the glass container?

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      As much as you can. The more, the better because that will allow you to better measure the differences in time for the pennies. Get the tallest glass container you can find (vase, spaghetti holder, etc.)

  12. Sagar

    Does it have to be 3in of water in the pot

  13. yosuf

    OMG! thnkx so much! now im not frustrated because i now have a idea. thank you so much Dr. Lyons

  14. aniesha

    well I only have 4 days until my summer project is due ( June the 30th )
    so how long do you think it will take to do the project and decorate a board with only 4 days to go.
    And another important question is:
    Do you know if there is a specific kind of maple syrup we need to buy?
    If so how much do you think all of this will cost if I have no supplies what-so-ever?

    I know these are a-lot of questions, but I will appreciate it if you responded in time.


  15. jayleen

    When you say to drop the pennys into the syrup do i drop all thirty or one buly one. And do i take them out after i drop them?

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      Yes, one by one, recording the time each time – and no not until you are done dropping all of them will you need to “clean up” and get the pennies back out

  16. Devdass badhan

    So my teacher is asking “what is the purpose of the project ” I don’t know what to say plZzzz help

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      Seriously… if you waited so long that you only have time to do a 1 hour project… then the purpose is to “not fail” your assignment.

      Dropping pennies in maple syrup has very little “real world” significance – but if you need SOMETHING – look up viscosity and find something that is viscous (e.g. oil) and then speculate on what would happen if that thing gets really hot or really cold why it might be important to be able to predict changes in viscosity as a function of temperature.

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      Purpose: to measure the effects of temperature on viscosity. It has important implications for cleaning up oil spills in polar vs. tropical locations – think about why…

  17. Jasmine

    I have a question. Um What is the name of this project?

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      You can name it anything you want… If you can’t think of anything better use: “The effect of temperature on viscosity” – make sure you know what viscosity means 🙂

  18. Jasmine

    also what is the problem for this experiment sorry for all of the questions

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      No real problem – it is just meant to help those that waited to long to do another project. – see comments under the “purpose” question if you need something to turn in

  19. quinnie

    hey Dr.Mallie Lyons i have a question for my science fair it says i have to put an abstract ? can u plzz help

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      An abstract is just a one paragraph summary of the whole project. Use one sentence to state the problem you are addressing or observation made; then one sentence to describe the question; one sentence to indicate your hypothesis; one sentence to describe how you will test the hypothesis (i.e. a broad statement of the procedure, not all the steps); one sentence summarizing your most important results; and a conclusion sentence. You could also add a final sentence describing why your result/conclusion is important

  20. Dynz Tumulak

    If the coins lower does that mean that the viscosity is lower?

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      Viscosity is a measure of “thickness” – so something that is viscous is “thick” – like molasses or cold maple syrup. So if the coin falls faster (i.e. takes less time to hit bottom), then the fluid is “thinner” or less viscous; if the coin falls slower (i.e. takes more time to hit bottom) then the fluid is “thicker” or more viscous.

      So longer times = higher viscosity and short times = lower viscosity

  21. Dynz Tumulak

    I have one more question. Am i required to use a glass vase? I only have one that’s not see- through. Can i use a glass or something else? And if i can how many inches of water?

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      As long as you can either see the penny reach the bottom of the syrup or hear the penny hit the bottom, you can use any variation of the set up based on what you have available. The key is that you must be able to time the “fall” of the penny through the syrup. The water is used to change the temperature (and therefore viscosity) of the syrup.

  22. Alex

    I am so thankful for this. My project is do tomorrow and I had nothing.

  23. kevin

    thank you soooooo much, I procrastinated my project for 3 months and this helped alot

  24. Claire

    How much maple syrup do we need and how tall does the glass container have to be? Also do you know of any good websites and books I could go to to do research and use for my works citied? I have to have 5 source and only 2 can be website and 3 can be books.

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      You need enough maple syrup to fill the glass container; in general, the taller the better because it will be easier to detect changes in the rate at which the pennies fall. For websites, you should be citing mine – other than that, you should do research on viscosity. Look for books and websites that discuss the importance of viscosity as a property of a fluid (e.g. water, oil, etc.) and speculate on why changes in viscosity (regardless of what causes the change) is good or is bad and why.

    • Lel

      How do I put the independent, dependent and controlled variables in the project?

  25. Anonymous

    Do I have to remove the pennies after each time I add more because then won’t it make the time less if the pennies are higher? Should I then use a wider vase?

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      The difference shouldn’t be measurable unless the pennies are falling a very short distance and falling exactly on top of each other. Taking each penny out is cumbersome and messy!! Yes, find a slightly wider and probably taller vase.

  26. Claire

    Can we use Light pancake syrup or honey? Does it have to be Maple syrup? What can we substitute for the Maple syrup?

  27. Master Procrastinator

    Do you by a chance have a reason? I need to write a reason on why I did this project and I honestly have no ideas. I’m just doing it to get a grade.

  28. Jamie Hubbell

    My son had set up a great project using plants, unfortunately the frost killed them all! This project is going to be a life saver for him, well, grade saver, but you get the idea. We are so grateful we found yout site.

  29. Claire

    I do not understand why we will need 30 pennies. I would think we would only need 6 pennies because I am only doing 3 trails and one trail consist of two pennies. One penny for the room temperature test and hot temperature test. If you multiply 2 times three then you get 6. Can you please explain why we need 30 pennies.

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      This is a very simple experiment in terms of effort required (drop penny, measure time) so it is better to have as many replicates as practical. You should drop 10 pennies for each of three temperatures (room temperature, colder than room temperature, and hotter than room temperature OR room temperature, warm and hot); so 3 x 10 = 30

      • Ripudaman

        my question is related to the one asked by “claire” do we HAVEto have 3 different temperatures and if so then how do we get it to the cold one?

        • Dr. Maille Lyons

          You MUST do at least two temperatures so that you have a comparison. The cold one could be done by sticking the tall container of maple syrup in the refrigerator.

  30. Claire

    Will a 6 and a half tall inch glass cup be ok for this experiment?

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      If you can measure a difference it worked. Otherwise, you need to drop the penny further so that you can measure differences between the three conditions. If it is the tallest container you can find… just try it.

  31. Claire

    Can you please respond as soon as possible because I have to turn in a lot of stuff on Monday and I still need to do my experiment.

  32. Adam

    Can somebody help me come up with a witty Title or clever Title for this project? not too long.

  33. Claire

    What would be a creative title for this project?

  34. emily hong

    I don’t get how to do the table can you explain and do we have to do the table?

  35. emily

    may you please reply soon today before 6-7 pm please. I know its my fault for waiting till the last minute and then do it but I really appreciate all your help.

  36. Clarissa

    I need help with this project. I dont know what you mean by how to do the line graph. Can you walk me through it? an you also tell me how to make a line graph on the computer? Can you please respond today. I need to finish this becasue my project is due tomorrow.

  37. Kate

    What grade would this be suitable for? I want to do it because I don’t really have time to do another but I don’t want to get yelled at for choosing something not intended for someone in grade level. (I’m a junior in high school)

  38. ripudaman

    I need to fiish my science fair by monday and its half my mark so do u think ill be doen by then because im in grade nine andi have like a day and a half plz reply as soon as possible.

  39. ripudaman

    im in grade 9 and i have 1 day and a half becasue its due monday so do u think ill be done by than?

  40. Ripudaman

    Why do we hve to do three pennies like for the room temperature and the cold and hot why not just the hot one becasue wont you need a lot of maple syrup for that?

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      You should be using the SAME maple syrup for every temperature – only the temperature (and therefore the viscosity) changes. Three is the standard level of replication in a science experiment. If you don’t do three it will not be technically correct.

  41. Ripudaman

    Okay thank you plus I Need a title for this project and I have no idea what to call it plz help!

  42. Ripudaman

    Also what if we didn’t take the temperature is that okay will it effect the experiment results?

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      Label the temperature treatments qualitatively…. Room Temp vs. Warm OR Colder than room temperature, Room temperature, and Warmer than Room Temperature or Hot vs. Cold – depending on what you did

      • Dr. Maille Lyons

        If you measured “Heat Time” you can also graph heating time (x-axis – proxy for “Temperature”) vs. “Fall Time” (y-axis – time it takes penny to fall).

        This would be a line graph

  43. Kakashi

    In what order do i drop the 30 pennies into the syrup

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      Drop and time 3 pennies as fast as you can at each of 10 time points (or 10 temperatures)

      OR drop and time 10 pennies as fast as you can at each of 3 very different temperatures

  44. UMMI

    What is viscosity

  45. UMMI

    What is viscosity please

  46. Sam

    how does this project contribute to the world???

  47. Adil

    In this project the control is the trial which is not heated. Do i need to put that somewhere on my board and if i do where?

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      Yes, I recommend putting that on the board somewhere. Perhaps have a section identifying your independent, dependent and control variables.

  48. Joan

    How many trials would this project have?

    • Amy

      What would be the average time to drop 3 pennies in 2 minutes and 4 minutes and all the way up to 20 minutes? I cant actually do the experiment so i want your advice.

      • Dr. Maille Lyons

        You need to measure the amount of time it takes for the penny to fall thru the syrup. You drop 3 quickly, then wait a few minutes and drop 3 again. You wait, so the heat has time to change the viscosity and there is a difference in the time it takes the pennies to fall thru it

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      Each penny you drop is a trial

  49. taylor

    Will this project be acceptable for 7th grade

  50. taylor

    Does the pot have to boil before you drop pennies in it

  51. taylor

    On the graph what goes on the x and what goes on the y. How would you number it.

  52. taylor

    What is the correct answer because I don’t want my data to be wrong

  53. Daelen Boggs

    What are the constants?

  54. Kelly

    Thank you so much. Got in a pickle when my sons first science project was an epic fail. This saved the day!! One suggestion. Use clear Karo syrup. It’s very thick and inexpensive. You can use the bottle as it comes….You can see the pennies drop and heat the bottle up by setting it in hot water. If you’re will to get rid of a few pennies just throw the whole thing away when you’re done. Much less sticky mess to clean. Good luck.

  55. Daelen

    This won the overall best project in my whole 8th grade! I spiffed it up a bit, a used corn syrup. Thanks for everything!!!

  56. samira

    any alternatives to maple syrup???

  57. Ayeeeee-itss-naylaa

    Can we use Honey also instead of Maple Syrup??????? 🙂

  58. Kelly

    Wanted to thank you again. Got an A. Would have gotten 100 but forgot to list materials on the display board. Lesson learned.

  59. Quez

    Thank you 🙂

  60. Elijah

    What do you put in the x axis if your using room temperature to get many different trials

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      Will be temperature if you measured it (e.g. 10, 15, 20, 25 degrees Celsius) it is quantitative and you could be making a bar graph or a line graph; if not (e.g. cold, warm, hot) it is qualitative so you’d be making a bar graph

  61. teyana

    how would i make the chart or table

  62. Dan Ramirez

    Could you tell me what the problem statement would be for this project?

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      Read some of the other responses – it will depend on what your teacher is asking for. The basic “problem” is you don’t really know the relationship between viscosity and temperature, so you will be investigating it. You can write about oil spills in different geographical areas (Alaska vs. Gulf of Mexico) for an important application of the experiment.

  63. Daniel howell

    What if we don’t have a Thermometer??

  64. S.URE

    I know this is very bad but my science fair project is due Monday and I haven’t started whatsoever. I know that this project will work, but I am confused. You fill a glass container with maple syrup and then put that container on simmering water over the stove. Do you want the water to be like half way up the glass container? Or… Anyways, after putting the container in the water do you put the penny in the container and time then?

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      The water does not need to be half way up; only 2 inches or so. The idea is that the syrup starts out cold (or room temp) and will be “thick” (or viscous). As the water in the pan heats the syrup in the glass container the syrup will slowly “thin out” (reduce viscosity).

      The difference in the time it takes the pennies to fall through the syrup is a measure of how thick/thin the syrup is. So you can evaluate the effect of temperature (if you have a thermometer, if not this variable is time because the longer the syrup is heated, the “more” temperature – i.e. the warmer – the syrup is) on viscosity.

      Graph either temperature (or time heated) on the x-axis and time for falling on the y-axis – does the line go up? or down? or is it flat? or is it random (no trend)??

  65. maria

    What category would this project be classified under? thanks!!

  66. Sam Harris

    Hi Dr. Lyons, I understand the experiment for the most part but I was wondering if you could help me come up with a reason this would matter in the real world (besides helping my grade lol). I understand what viscosity is and you said something about how it can affect plankton but I just need more insight on that. I get that plankton are very small and the ocean is viscous to them but I just dont know what temperature has to do with it. You also said something about oil spills I just need to know how knowing the relation between temp and vis. can help with that. You are my last hope and any help is greatly appreciated!!

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      OK – think about the plankton – they need sunlight to photosynthesize – the sunlight only penetrates the top layers of the ocean – so if global temperatures were to rise, the ocean would be warmer. And if it were warmer, then it would be less viscous. And if the water is less viscous, then the plankton – who need it to be viscous in order to say in those upper layers, might fall out of the top layers – then they can’t photosynthesize – so they die. And the primary production that supports the base of the food web, would lessen. No photosynthesis… no zooplankton… no fish larvae… no fish.

      For oil spills – compare the environmental impacts of the Exxon Valdez spill (in very cold water in Alaska) to the BP platform disaster in the Gulf of Mexico (very warm water). Where did oil do more damage? Where is oil still present? Why is it harder to clean one spot compared to other??

      • kayla

        you have no clue how you saved my life i only had 2 days to complete and did got an A THANK YOU SOO MUCH

  67. ig @plaiin.shxne ;)

    Thank you sooo much you are a phenomenal human being you have no idea how much you helped:)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

  68. Pedro Enriquez

    What is being compared?

  69. Laci

    I did this experiment a month ago, just trying to finish up the board for it. My AP Environmental teacher gave us a layout, and there are two sections I am struggling with. Normally the Background Research is easy to write up, but since I am writing it after the fact, any research I search for contradicts the hypothesis I chose (purposefully chose the incorrect hypothesis to have errors to talk about in the conclusion). Any suggestions? Maybe I could put in information on research between cheaper syrups vs. more expensive syrups, but is that adequate enough? Also Future Directions, it is the last thing on the layout, and I have never heard of it and can’t find much for it. Do you have a better understanding of what goes under this subheading?


    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      Do your best on the background… there is a reason it is done “first” – scientists don’t usually pick the counter-intuitive option just to have something to write about… You could describe the background information and claim you just didn’t believe it – so you wanted to confirm it ???

      Future Directions: The teacher is most likely looking for what would be the next experiment, based on what you did. It shows you understand all science is based on previously done science – it’s a slow, methodical, iterative process. Here you could talk about evaluating cheap vs. expensive syrups. That would be a good “next” experiment. You could also talk about different fluids or different ways to change viscosity or dropping different objects.

  70. LateStarter

    From what height above the maple syrup should I drop the penny from? And also can I make that a part of my project – dropping it at different heights?

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      Start by dropping it from just above the surface of the syrup. You could try different heights, I am not sure if you will be able to measure a difference but it would be an interesting variation.

  71. Oscar

    what would be the summary of all of the project from beginning to end?

  72. Oscar Diaz

    Hey, can you please tell me what the abstract is ?
    I believe is like a summary

  73. Help me please

    am I able to use a plastic container

  74. tamya

    so do you have to actually do that procedures if your in a rush or do you just write it down and if you do just write it down can you show your results and the data take and some reasearch

  75. Dr. Matthew Huff

    I would like to commend you on the creativity of the project considering it takes only an hour 🙂

  76. Brooke Morgan

    Thank you for all the information! Really a life-saver. I have a question, I am in 7th grade and in my science fair requirements it is stated that I need to list any formulas that are used in this project. What would they be?

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      You could include a formula for how to actually calculate viscosity, but it’s fairly complicated and then you’d have to explain it…

      You could include: Speed of penny falling = Distance fell (size of column of syrup) divided by time to hit bottom (if you calculated it).

      Otherwise, you didn’t rely on any formulas like a chemistry project might (e.g. chemical equation)

  77. kaylin

    when you say the more reaserch you do the higher the grade level, what do you recomend to reserch?

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      Google viscosity, learn about viscosity and temperature, figure out why this data would be important and to whom, etc. The older you are the more background reading you should do.

  78. Somaya

    I did not hear a clink when the penny dropped no matter how hard I tried… is there any other way i could time the fall?

  79. Amanda

    We have used this idea as a basis for my son’s project. We replaced the syrup with salt water and the pennies with smaller, lighter beads. The purpose is to find out if Global warming heating up the water affects how small organisms such as baby fish swim or sink. When water heats up it becomes harder for the small organisms to float or swim causing them to sink. This affects marine life because these small organisms cannot survive in the deeper water where there are more predictors and less food such as plankton due to a lack of sunlight. Do you think we are on the right track?

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      Great ideas… but it will be VERY, VERY difficult to measure the differences in viscosity of salt water as a function of temperature. You should use the syrup because the idea is the same (warmer = less viscous) and then relate the results to the small organisms.

      However, keep in mind that with LESS viscosity (i.e. less thick) it will not be “harder” to swim. In theory it will be easier (think about it on human scale – would it be easier to run through water (less thick) or syrup (more thick). The issue will be the sink/float. In theory it could be much harder for small organisms to stay in the sun-light upper waters of the ocean if they keep sinking because the fluid is less thick. For phytoplankton (need sun to photosynthesize) this could spell death. And then if no (or less) phytoplankton that serve as the base of the aquatic food web… it could lead to less zooplankton, less larval fish, etc….. which could eventually lead to less fish and less top predators.

      • Amanda

        Thank you so much for your response. Before I heard back from you we had already done the project using salt water made with sea salt. It actually worked really well and showed a steady increase in the speed at which objects sank to the bottom as the liquid got hotter. My son is 10 and had so much fun with this project. Thank you so much for the ideas.

    • Dankegg

      what if I do Amanda’s idea but add ice to show the viscosity
      am I going to do fine am I on track and is this an ok safe substitute project can you try my project and at the bottom reply to my other questions and comments and say if this experiment still shows viscosity please answer this question by Friday, April 20- 2017 thanks and seriously any time before would be so much easier though because I must start my project soon for my results for the graph and my hopefully A+ diorama pls answer soon. #Busy stressed #science fair #thanks Dr. Maille Lyons

      • Dr. Maille Lyons

        Yes – complete the experiment with room temperature syrup and compare it with syrup that has been in the refrigerator for at least one day. There should be a big enough difference in viscosity to slow down the pennies. You will make a bar graph (not a line graph) with the two conditions (room temp and cold) on the x-axis and average time of pennies on the y-axis.

  80. Nicole Carnero

    I think that most of us who are in high school can say that you’re more than a life saver, you are my absolute favorite person in the entire universe, thank you too very much

  81. NeedHelpQuick

    Someone, please help! My project’s deadline was moved to tomorrow! I can’t do the experiment. My parents won’t let me. They’re too busy to do it for me too. They keep telling me to do something else that doesn’t include using a stove. What should I do? It’s 9:20 p.m and I am supposed to sleep before 11.

  82. Dankegg

    How doew this experiment effect the world

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      You will get decent grade, you become happy, world is better 🙂

      If that’s not enough … research cleaning up oil spills in cold vs. warm climates/areas – for example the BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico vs. the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Alaska – which was easier to clean ? why? … why is temperature and viscosity important as applied to that?

  83. hhhh

    can you tell what you got for the graph, like did the line go up or down FOR YOU? i just want to compare what you got and what i got
    thank you

  84. calo

    i luv this web it helped me a lot

  85. Marissa

    Hi, so my project is due tomorrow, like most of the people on here, and I have done the project and I have my numbers, but I am just so confused on how I am supposed to do the graph. I understand how to do a line graph, but how do I place my information? Do I put the average time out of each trail or should I make like 5 different graphs? I know this is supposed to be easy, but I just don’t get the set up graph… please help me!

  86. Marissa

    what is “heat time”

  87. Marissa

    I can’t hear the penny dropping!! help

  88. emerson

    i need to put the purpose of my experiment and i don’t know what it is. so whats the purpose of this experiment

  89. Heidee

    what could be a good science fair tittle for this project I need an answer asap please thank you very much for your help

  90. spooderman

    Thank you so much!! you’re a life saver!!! I’m absolutely terrible at hands on assignments i appreciate this very much. There is also step by step instructions omg!!!!!!

  91. Adnahs

    I have just read through all of the comments. You must excel at patience! I have been amazed, and am grateful for this idea and all of the suggestions and help you have given since posting this idea. Thank you so much for helping parents of forgetful and procrastinating kids everywhere!

  92. batman3.0

    for the background informatíon of my scince fair project what should i do?

  93. batman3.0

    when we drop each penny do we take it out before dropping another one?

  94. Anonymous4099

    What are the pennies doing in the experiment

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      The pennies are timed as they fall through the syrup at different viscosities. They are a way to show temperature has an effect on viscosity. It does not have to be a penny – you could use marbles, washers, dimes, etc. Whatever you drop, must be the same for the basic experiment.

  95. Dood

    Question. If you dont have a thermometer what do u do?

  96. Kami

    My project was due today and I got another day to do it. I procrastinated and forgot to do it and this was a LIFE SAVER. Thank you!

  97. Chelsea

    im just tryna get through grade 12 here with my buddy, and you just saved our lives with this science fair project. Thanks man, you da real MVP.

  98. Jordan

    I’m really in a rush and won’t be able to the actual experiment. If possible, could you please give me the information to put into the graph??

  99. yoda

    how can you make this safer and what are the materials for this I want the a and that’s why I’m wondering sorry

    • Dr. Maille Lyons

      Instead of using a stove to heat up the syrup, you could use time in the refrigerator to cool the syrup down. You should still see a difference between room temperature and refrigerator cold.

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