Science Project Summary:

Nail polish durability

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Difficulty: Advanced 7
Cost ($): 30
Time required: < 1 week
1 hour to prepare, 3 days for the science project experiment
Availability of materials: Readily available
Easily found at a department store
Required Skills:
You need to know how to apply nail polish
Safety concerns:

Do not let the nail polish get into your eyes or mouth.

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This science fair project was conducted to compare the durability of different types of nail polish. The tests were done on ordinary nail polish, long-lasting nail polish (most salon quality nail polishes are long lasting - avoid the quick dry types), and Teflon-infused nail polish.
Procedure preview:
1. For this science fair project, the independent variable is the type of  nail polish used on the participants – normal nail polish, long lasting nail polish and Teflon-infused nail polish. The dependent variable is the chipping of the nail polish over time. This is determined by inspecting the nails with a magnifying glass every 12 hours. The constants (control variables) are the gender and age of the participants and the method of applying the nail polish, as well as the brand of nail polish (this means that you need to pick a brand that comes in all 3 forms .....