Week 13: Idiom Experiment Analysis
Work within your group to design experiments to see if these idioms are true:
1. An apple a day keeps the doctor away
2. You catch more flies with honey than vinegar
3. A watched pot will not boil
4. Waste not, want not
5. Absence makes the heart grow fonder
For the first three idioms there is the figurative meaning as well as the literal meaning. For example: An apple a day keeps the doctor away:
Literal, eating apples keeps you healthy
Figurative, being healthy prevents illness
For the first three idioms you can test the literal or the figurative meaning in your experiment. Prepare your responses in a Word document which you will submit to blackboard. Only one person in the group submits the document. This single submission represents the work of the whole group. On this submission make sure the group name and number is included, e.g. Group 2 Tommy, in both the file name and on the document itself. For example, for this assignment the file name might be ‘Group 2 Tommy Idiom Experiment’ and ‘Group 2 Tommy’ is contained prominently somewhere within the document as well.
Each answer should be written in paragraph/sentence form (not notes) but APA style is not needed. Each answer should be about 4-5 lines long. You may need to sometimes include citations to support your answer and so will have a single reference section at the end of your submission which contains any sources you cited in all of your answers.
For any research, the key is to justify why you did what you did. So, let us consider your research design for “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Did you state what type of apple you would use? Color? Or type of apple? Organic? Why? Justify your choice. There is no right answer to these questions. Often times we choose what is personally interesting to us and then manufacture a justification for it. For example, this experiment will use organic as the organic food market is growing. Red apples were used as red apples are more popular. These reasons would need citations. They may or may not be true, I just picked them as examples of the possible types of reasons.
1. Did you pick a time frame for how long the study lasts? Why that time frame? Justify that reason.
2. Go through and justify the decisions you made for each of your experimental designs.