A. Project Design Plan
Problem Statement: Does generic store brand microwave popcorn have more or less popped kernels than name brand microwave popcorn?
Microwave popcorn is a snack that most consumers have in their home. This experiment will help determine which brand of microwave popcorn is better in value of popped kernels versus un-popped kernels. In the experiment four brands of microwave popcorn will be tested; Orville Redenbacher, Act II, Pop Secret, and the generic store brand (Kroger). Once the experiment is finished, it will be evident which brand had the most popped kernels.
There are two experiments I found that are similar to this one. There were some differences in the testing methods and some of the brands were different but both experiments tested a variety of brands to determine which one had the least amount of un-popped kernels.
The first experiment was done by a man named Sean Boyd. He did an experiment which tested five different butter flavored microwave popcorns. Sean tested four name brand popcorns and one generic brand. He popped three bags of each brand, counted the un-popped kernels, and recorded his findings on a data sheet. He then calculated the average number of un-popped kernels of each brand and did a comparison of the averages to determine which brand of microwave popcorn had the fewest un-popped kernels per bag. Mr. Boyd found that Act II had the fewest un-popped kernels (Boyd, 2006).
The second experiment I found was done by college students who tested four brands of microwave popcorn. They chose to test light, butter, and natural flavors of Pop Secret, Orville Redenbacher, Cousin Willie’s, and Kroger’s generic brand. They popped one bag of each and then counted the number of popped kernels as well as the number of un-popped kernels. To determine which popcorn was the better choice they calculated the percentage of popped kernels in each bag and averaged the three types for each brand. The...