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Observation

The results showed that nylon and wool were the most water resistant fabrics and polyester  was the least.  Treating  fabrics with Scotch Guard made  them more waterproof.

Condition

Fabric water resistance with and without Scotch Guard (grams)

Cotton

Silk

Linen

Wool

Polyester

Nylon

Initial weight

5.1

4.5

4.7

5.8

4.9

4.7

Without Scotch Guard

6.9

8.1

7.9

6.7

24.7

5.9

With Scotch Guard

6.1

7.1

6.8

6.3

14.3

5.3

The chart below represents the results of our experiment.

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Complexity level:
7
Project cost ($):
30
Time required:
1 hour to prepare, 2 hours for science fair project
Material availability:
Easily found at a department store
Safety concerns:

Basic safety requirements