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Observation

The results showed that the pot without any oil had the most number of beans that germinated, followed by the pot with motor oil and the oil absorbing polymer.

Soil content

Number of green beans germinated

Day 1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Soil

0

0

2

4

7

11

16

20

20

20

Soil-oil

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

2

Soil-oil-water polymer

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

2

Soil-oil-oil polymer

0

0

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

6

The graph below represents the results of our science project experiment.

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Complexity level:
8
Project cost ($):
70
Time required:
1 day to prepare, 10 days for the science project experiment
Material availability:
Easily found
Safety concerns:

Basic safety requirements. Discard the motor oil properly. Do not allow the motor oil to come into contact with bare skin.

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