Learning Library

# The Passing of Time

(62 ratings )

### Problem:

How accurate is a person’s sense of time?

### Materials:

• A few willing participants
• A stop watch
• Some books
• Video games

### Procedure:

1. Work with each of your subjects individually.
2. Explain your procedure to each subject.You will conduct four experiments that will take a total of about an hour and a half.
3. Your subject will tell you after ten seconds, thirty seconds, one minute, two minutes, five minutes, 10 minutes and 20 minutes have passed.
4. Tell your subjects that they can ask you if they forget which time marker is next but remind them that you will not give any clues as to how much time has elapsed. For example, if your subject told you when the two minute marker occurred and now six minutes have elapsed, you will tell him or her that five minutes is the next marker, not ten.
5. If your subjects forget to tell you as they pass one of the markers, they can inform you that they forgot one and should say, “I believe X minutes have already gone by. I do not think it is X minutes now.” If this happens, mark the information down on your notes and remind your subject to tell you when the next time marker occurs.
6. Find a quiet room to conduct the first experiment.
8. Remind your subject to notify you after ten seconds, thirty seconds, one minute, two minutes, five minutes, 10 minutes and 20 minutes have passed.
10. Record the time that your subject alerted you to the time markers on a chart such as the one below.
11. At 23 minutes, stop the timer.
13. Record his or her answer.
14. Next, take your subject outside to a track. Tell them to wave at you at the designated times. Remind them to pace themselves. Tell them if they need to take a break and walk that that’s okay, but to try to jog for the entire time.
15. Remind your subject to notify you after ten seconds, thirty seconds, one minute, two minutes, five minutes, 10 minutes and 20 minutes have passed.
17. Record the time that your subject alerted you to the time markers.
18. At 23 minutes, stop the timer.
20. Record his or her answer.
21. Take your subject back into a quiet room.
22. Tell them they are to sit quietly and do nothing.
23. Remind your subject to notify you after ten seconds, thirty seconds, one minute, two minutes, five minutes, 10 minutes and 20 minutes have passed.
25. Record the time that your subject alerted you to the time markers.
26. At 23 minutes, stop the timer.
28. Record his or her answer.
29. Give your subject a video game that does not have an in-game timer (open-ended games work well).
30. Remind your subject to notify you after ten seconds, thirty seconds, one minute, two minutes, five minutes, 10 minutes and 20 minutes have passed.
32. Record the time that your subject alerted you to the time markers.
33. At 23 minutes, stop the timer.
35. Record his or her answer.
36. Repeat the experiment with a few other volunteers.
Disclaimer and Safety Precautions

Education.com provides the Science Fair Project Ideas for informational purposes only. Education.com does not make any guarantee or representation regarding the Science Fair Project Ideas and is not responsible or liable for any loss or damage, directly or indirectly, caused by your use of such information. By accessing the Science Fair Project Ideas, you waive and renounce any claims against Education.com that arise thereof. In addition, your access to Education.com's website and Science Fair Project Ideas is covered by Education.com's Privacy Policy and site Terms of Use, which include limitations on Education.com's liability.

Warning is hereby given that not all Project Ideas are appropriate for all individuals or in all circumstances. Implementation of any Science Project Idea should be undertaken only in appropriate settings and with appropriate parental or other supervision. Reading and following the safety precautions of all materials used in a project is the sole responsibility of each individual. For further information, consult your state's handbook of Science Safety.

Create new collection

0

### New Collection>

0 items

What could we do to improve Education.com?