Wii Ping Pong VS Real Ping Pong

An investigation of ping pong

Problem: If you are trying to practice ping pong or either a competition or just because, will wii ping pong be helpful?

Research: A game can be won by the player and or pair first scoring 11 points unless both players or pairs score 10 points, at which point the game will be won by the first player or pair who gaining a lead of 2 points. The art of ping pong comes from England. The playing surface, should be rectangular, 2.74m long and 1.525m wide, and shall lie in a horizontal plane 76cm above the floor.

Hypothesis: If playing 25 rounds of wii ping pong then my ping pong skills will increase in real life because they have similar arm movement.

Procedure

1.The process will begin by playing 15 rounds of ping pong in real life.

2.Start by rallying and mark how many times the ping pong goes back and forth.

3. Mark down who gets to star the games, and who wins the game and by how much.

4.Repeat these steps until you have completed the five rounds.Next play 25 games of wii ping pong.

5.First the game will start by rallying to see who will start, next play the game and mark who won and my how many points.

6. Continue to repeat this process until done 15 times.

7. The final step in collecting data is to do 10 more games of ping pong

8. Start by rallying and mark how many times the ping pong goes back and forth.

9.Mark down who gets to star the games, and who wins the game and by how much.

19 During this time of the experiment you do not need a partner because on the wii game you can play wit out a partner along with the ping pong table.

Materials

A wii Console

Wii Play

Ping Pong (two in case one gets lost)

A Ping Pong Table

Variables, conclusion, source of error

Variable- The Independent variable in this experiment was the number of games played, the dependent variable in this experiment was total points per game ,the Control group/ things that did not receive in this experiment variable in this Experiment is the amount of games played. The experimental group in this experiment is the ping pong table and the wii game.Factors held constant in this experiment would be once again the number of games played.

Conclusion-

In This experiment my hypothesis was incorrect, it was If playing 25 rounds of wii ping pong then my ping pong skills will increase in real life because they have similar arm movement. The First mistake and the second biggest one was that the arm movements are not alike. They both do share similarity's but overall they are both different and playing wii ping pong will not make a person a better player at ping pong.No matter how much wii ping pong you play it will not make a much better ping pong player out of you because it lacks the same movements as real ping pong.

Sources of Error and Inaccuracies

I originally made a mistake when graphing and I had to restart my whole experiment because when i was recording i recorded with the graph first instead of a table. Not a smart move, i don't think that that is a common mistake so I don't think there is any need to worry that anyone else would make that mistake. But for areas of the project that could give you unrealistic results could definitely be when playing ping pong. it is easy to loose count of score, I recommend keeping score every time you make a point so that way you do not forget.

Improvements and application

Improvement

There a lot of ways this experiment could have improved, not saying that i did not use all of the potential that it holds but that I tried my hardest to use all its potential but there were flaws that did happen during this experiment. The first that when science fair began I choose something extremely hard then had to change it last minute. The next was taking very blurry pictures, well actually my dad took them but regardless the pictures turned out blurry. Ways I could have improved the experimental design would be to actually test people instead of going off of just my data, but to use more people and see if I get smiler results. I'm pretty sure that I would get pretty smiler results though,because of how different the two games are and how one is a lot easier the the other. There are always ways to improve experiments and thoughts were a few ideas for mine.

Application- This is very important that we learned this for anyone who is working on becoming a better ping pong athlete. Now they know that the video game is not the same thing as the real game and they will not get any better from playing it, they might even get worse actually. This really does apply to real life because there are people all over the world who are working to become going pro.And if they think that playing wii ping pong is going to help them and they actually waste time playing it, they could not only waste time to improve but also possible loose some of their skills.

Analysis and calculation and statically analysis

Calculations&statistical analysis

How to calculate the average: add all the numbers that you are using and then divide it by the total amount of numbers

Average for first ten games in ping pong (8)

average over all for games in ping pong (5)

average over all for the wii video game ( 9)

Claim- No matter how much wii ping pong you play it will not make a much better ping pong player out of you because it lacks the same movements as real ping pong.

Evidence- After making charts to analyse the data I then found the average score per game for the wii game and for ping pong. the wii’s average was 8.72 or 9 , points per game and the ping pongs average per game was 5.48. From these Numbers you are able to see that the wii game which was played before over half of the ping pongs data had a lot higher average then the other. Thus concluding that wii ping pong is going to give you the idea that you are a lot better at ping pong than you really are. Meaning that playing wii ping pong will not make you a better ping pong player.

Reasoning- Ping pong is a very complex sport with a lot of rules and regulations ,not everyone has the ability to excel in this sport. While playing this sport you have to be light on our feet, and have swift wrist movements. You have to be able to know how much force to use for each time the ball comes to you, you have to use a different amount. Where as in the video game all you have to do is stand there and move your hand, not complex at all.Originally before i even played the video game and i just played the actual game my average per game was 8 pointa which ended up being higher then my over-all average for the actual game. So when you get the average score per game from both the real game and the video game and the video games is a lot higher. You can come to a reasoning that playing wii ping pong does not make you better

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