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Janice VanCleave's A+ Science Fair Workbook and Project Journal, Grades 7-12



Janice VanCleave's A+ Science Fair Workbook and Project Journal, Grades 7-12

Janice VanCleave

ISBN: 978-0-471-46719-9 October 2003 352 Pages


A great way to prepare for any science fair

This comprehensive workbook from Janice VanCleave promotes science success in school and at science fair time. It features 50 complete experiments from all areas of the science curriculum, supplemented with notebook pages and a personal project journal. Middle and high school students will find plenty of suggestions for changing the experiments and designing their own, along with unique projects on related topics. With lots of illustrations and explanations that make the subject matter easy to understand, the experiments can be done at home or in the classroom and require only easy-to-find materials.

How to Use This Book

I. A Guide to Science Fair Projects.

1. The Scientific Method.

2. Topic Research.

3. Categories.

4. Project Research.

5. Project Overview.

6. Experimental Data.

7. Project Summaries.

8. The Display.

9. Presentation and Evaluation.

II. 55 A+ Science Fair Project Ideas.


1. Solar System Scale: Miniature Model.

2. Barycenter: The Balancing Point.

3. Orbital Eccentricity: How Circular a Celestial Body's Path Is.

4. Angular Separation: Angular Distance between Celestial Bodies.

5. Orbital Period: Time of Revolution.

6. Artificial Satellites: Man-Made Orbiters.

7. Rotation: The Spinning of Celestial Bodies.

8. Apparent Magnitude: Apparent Star Brightness.

9. Parallax: Apparent Shift of an Object.

10. Sunspots: Cooler Surface Regions.

11. Galilean Satellites: Jupiter's Largest Moons.

12. Meteors: Streaks of Light in the Sky.


13. Meristematic Region: Growth Zone.

14. Seed Parts: Exterior and Interior.

15. Autotrophs: Food Builders.

16. Hydroponics: Growth without Soil.

17. Apical Dominance: Growth Inhibitor.

18. Geotropism: Plant Movement Due to Gravity.

19. Responses of Annelidas: Segmented Worms.

20. Aquatic Respiration: Breathing Rate of Goldfish.

21. Operant Conditioning: The "Aha!" Response.

22. Ecosystem: Interactions.

23. Preservatives: Food Additives.


24. Phase Changes: Effects of Solutes.

25. Crystals: Natures Jewels.

26. The Best Plant Food: Nutrient Differences in Soils.

27. Acid-Base Indicators: Color Changers.

28. Enzymes: Chemical Controllers.

29. Triglycerides: Saturated and Unsaturated.

30. Vitamin C Content: Analysis of Food by Titration.

31. Minerals: Chemicals Needed for Life and Good Health.

32. Viscosity: A Difference in Stickiness.

33. Carbon Dioxide: Its Production and Uses.

Earth Science.

34. The Hydrologic Cycle: The Movement of Water from Place to Place.

35. Minerals: Distinguishing Physical Characteristics of Minerals.

36. The Rock Cycle: Processes That Change One Rock Type into Another.

37. Soil Texture: Effects of Regolith Size.

38. Crustal Bending: Deformation of the Earth's Crust.

39. Faulting: The Earth's Crustal Breaking Point.

40. Plate Tectonics: Floating Crustal Structure.

41. Topography: Highs and Lows of the Earth's Surface.

42. The Greenhouse Effect: Heat Transfer in the Atmosphere.

43. Barometric Changes: The Cause and Measurement of Air Pressure.

44. Soundings: Mapping a Profile of the Ocean Floor.

45. Resonance: Sympathetic Vibration.

46. Thermal Conduction: Transfer of Vibrational Energy.

47. Static Electricity: Stationary Charges.

48. Series Circuit: Sequential Path.

49. Parallel Circuit: Divided Pathways.

50. Electromagnetism: Magnetism from Electricity.

51. Static Fluids: Fluids at Rest .

52. Friction: Force that Resist Motion.

53. Work: Force through a Distance.

54. Newton's Third Law of Motion: Action-Reaction.

55. Polarization: Vibrations in One Direction.

Appendix 1. Random Error of Measurement.

Appendix 2. Relative Error: Percentage Error.

Appendix 3. Planet Facts and Figures.

Appendix 4. Random Sampling in an Open Ecosystem.

Appendix 5. Cross-Staff.

Appendix 6. Preparing Test Solutions.

Appendix 7. Manometer.

Appendix 8. Trigonometric Functions.

Appendix 9. Science Project and Experiment Books.

Appendix 10. Sources of Scientific Supplies.

Project Journal.