Title

The Correlation Between Time And The Amount Of Particulate Matter Produced By Ceiling Tiles

Author(s)

Victoria Hopkins

School Name

Spring Valley High School

Grade Level

10th Grade

Presentation Topic

Environmental Science

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Written Paper Award

2nd Place

Abstract

The correlation between time and the amount of particulate matter produced by ceiling tiles / Victoria Hopkins / Environmental Science / / Particulate matter is one of the six criteria pollutants listed by the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, and has been known to cause many conditions, with acute lower respiratory infections being one. The purpose of this research was to investigate the correlation between particles produced by ceiling tiles and time. It was hypothesized that as time went on, the amount of particles found would decrease. Over a 10-day period of 5 trials, each lasting 2 days, particles were collected using EPA air strips then counted manually. An ANOVA was run to see if there was significant variation between any of the 5 trials observed. The test found that although the lowest particle value was on the last trial, there was not a significant difference between any of the 5 trials (F(4,195)=2.22, p>0.05). This experiment found that over the course of 10 days, there would not be a significant difference in particles produced, thus not supporting the original hypothesis. This would mean that there would not be a significant difference in 10 days, however the data suggests that there may be a significant difference in reduction of particulates released over a test period of more than 10 days. /

Location

Owens 210

Start Date

4-16-2016 9:15 AM

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Apr 16th, 9:15 AM

The Correlation Between Time And The Amount Of Particulate Matter Produced By Ceiling Tiles

Owens 210

The correlation between time and the amount of particulate matter produced by ceiling tiles / Victoria Hopkins / Environmental Science / / Particulate matter is one of the six criteria pollutants listed by the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, and has been known to cause many conditions, with acute lower respiratory infections being one. The purpose of this research was to investigate the correlation between particles produced by ceiling tiles and time. It was hypothesized that as time went on, the amount of particles found would decrease. Over a 10-day period of 5 trials, each lasting 2 days, particles were collected using EPA air strips then counted manually. An ANOVA was run to see if there was significant variation between any of the 5 trials observed. The test found that although the lowest particle value was on the last trial, there was not a significant difference between any of the 5 trials (F(4,195)=2.22, p>0.05). This experiment found that over the course of 10 days, there would not be a significant difference in particles produced, thus not supporting the original hypothesis. This would mean that there would not be a significant difference in 10 days, however the data suggests that there may be a significant difference in reduction of particulates released over a test period of more than 10 days. /