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Observation

It  was observed that violinists have longer left fingers than their right fingers by about 7mm. Non-musicians have  longer right fingers compared to their left fingers by about 8mm. Their age did not make a significant difference in finger length.

Condition

Difference in left and right finger length for different age groups (mm)

Age 12-20

Age 21-30

Age 31-40

Violin players

6.8

7.1

7.2

Non-violin players

-8.1

-8.4

-8.5

The graph below represents the results of our science project:

violinist finger length science project

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Complexity level:
7
Project cost ($):
5
Time required:
1 hour to prepare, 1 day for the science project experiment
Material availability:
Requires the participation of violinists. Try approaching members of an orchestra or string ensemble.
Safety concerns:

None