Sunday, December 21, 2008

First Day of Hanukkah 2008

Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights by lighting candles, singing special songs, eating doughnuts, playing the dreidel (a four-sided spinning top) game and giving money to children.

Science Fair Project Information
Title: Is it possible to alter the laws of probability by adding weight to one side of a dreidel?
Subject: Physics / Mathematics
Grade level: Elementary School - Grades 4-6
Academic Level: Ordinary
Project Type: Experimental
Cost: Law
Awards: None
Affiliation: California State Science Fair
Year: 2002
Description: A few dreidels were spun until a well balanced one was found. Then weights (glued washers) were added to one side of the dreidel, one at a time up to three. The dreidel was spun for two hundred times at each weight level. Results were recorded: which side of the dreidel will land the most.

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