Thumb Wrestle Lab Introduction: What makes a "Class Champion" thumb wrestler? Does thumb circumference, length, or wrist circumference have an effect on the overall chances of winning a thumb wrestling match? In this investigation we will develop a hypothesis based on physical data collected from classmates. We will then test this hypothesis by conducting a thumb wrestling tournament to determine an overall "Class Champion". Materials: Metric ruler, scissors, string, calculator Objectives: ● Students will take and record accurate measurements of their wrist, and their thumb's circumference and length. ● Students will analyze the data collected and determine if their hypothesis is correct. ● Learn the rules of thumb wrestling. ● Conduct a thumb wrestling tournament. ● Correctly graph the collected data. Procedures: ● Choose a partner and perform the following measurements using yarn and a ruler. Then have your partner perform them on you. ● Measure the circumference of the thumb, in centimeters, at its widest point. Record this data on the following line 6 cm (round to the nearest whole number). Add your measurement to the classdata table. ● Measure the length of the thumb, using the metric ruler in centimeters, from its tip to the end of its second joint. Record this data on the following line 7 cm (round to the nearest whole number). Add your measurement to the classdata table. ● Measure the circumference of the wrist over the ulnar knob, in centimeters, and record this data on the following line 14 cm (round to the nearest whole number). Add your measurement to the classdata table. . ● The class will form and record a hypothesis based on the collected data . ●The Hypothesis:
If the length of your thumb is bigger than the person you're playing with, then you have a better chance of winning. Rules of thumb wrestling:Two players grasp hands shown in the illustration; they touch thumbs to the opposite sides of the other person's hand three times, then start wrestling. The object is to hold the other person's thumb down, for a count of three, using only your thumb. ● A tournament schedule will be set up to match opponents. ● After the completion, a champion will be declared. Analysis and Conclusion : 1. Restate your hypothesis: If the length of your thumb is bigger than the person you're playing with, then you have a better chance of winning. 2. Which students won? Srikar Yalamanchili 3. What were the winner's measurements: Thumb Circumference (cm)8Mean thumb circumference of the class (cm) 6.6 Thumb Length (cm)7Mean thumb length of the class (cm) 6.4 Wrist Circumference (cm)18Mean wrist circumference of the class (cm) 15.6 4. Did all those with larger measurements win their matches? Explain. No, however I felt like some of them weren't as strong. But most of them with large measurements won most of their matches.
5. What is the independent variable? The independent variable is the length of the thumb. 6. What is the dependent variable? The dependant variable is the amount of wins. 7. Would this be considered a controlled experiment? Explain. 8. Use the data table to graph the findings for your group. You will create three column charts with the following information: a.Thumb Length vs Number of Wins b.Thumb Circumference vs Number of Wins