Monday, 3 March 2014

Experiment Results



Without Filter
Turbidity of Pond Water without filtration: 42.6 NTU

With Filter 
One layer: 38.5 NTU

Two Layers: 13.6 NTU

Three Layers: 13.4 NTU                             One Layer of 
                                                                    Activated Carbon = 50ml
Four Layers: 6.7 NTU


                                                                           

Monday, 24 February 2014

Research Plan


Introduction


Christiana Z., P. (2014, February 4). Where we get our fresh water. Retrieved from http://ed.ted.com/lessons/where-we-get-our-fresh-water-christiana-z-peppard
around 97.5% of the earth’s water is oceans, making the remaining 2.5% fresh water which is used to sustain human lives on earth. The 2.5% of fresh water is broken down into different parts, surface water, polar regions and ground water. 0.3% of the freshwater is surface water which is all fresh water that is above the ground. 70% of the earth’s freshwater is the polar ice caps which is not available for human use. The remaining 30% of freshwater is groundwater, groundwater is easier to obtain then frozen water and more reliable than surface water. Due to industrialization, there is an increasing amount of water usage. Agriculture uses 70% of our freshwater. Therefore, with this limited amount of water, it is not enough for future usage and we need to find more ways to filter the unusable 97.5% of the earths water to sustain the earth in the future.

We want to find new ways to filter the water to make it safe for drinking,as the population is rising,more water needs to be consumed,thus there has to be more drinkable water to meet the need.So we are finding out if activated carbon can be used as a filter for turbidity.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Research Title

Our research title is the effect of filters on water quality 
We decided to do this topic because water is a huge resource,and only 3% of the worlds water is drinkable, water is important for agriculture,recreation,people are trying to find ways on how to get more water,examples include NEWater.Singapore has to buy imported water from Malaysia,if war breaks out,Singapore might not be able to survive with the amount of water we have.If we are able to find a way to purify water at an affordable price,this would help Singapore and the world greatly.

Our plan now is to find out how many layers of activated carbon is the best for filtering the water to the best turbidity in terms of the W.H.O standards 

Subtopics

1) Effects on water after filtering (Ryan Ng)
2) Duration of filtering (Kai Cheng)
3) Different types of filter (Luke)
4) People's opinion on the different types of filtration method (Chester)

Monday, 13 January 2014

21st Century Problems

1. Destruction of life in the Ocean
Only 10% of edible fish remains in the ocean, and this number is rapidly declining.

2. Wars that could end civilisation.
A global war like World War I or II, conducted with today's vast number of nuclear weapons and new biological weapons, could end civilisation.

3. The spread of deserts.
Soil is being eroded. Deserts are spreading in areas were there used to be fertile soil and grassland.


21st Century Problems

  1. NON-STATE ACTORS WITH EXTREME WEAPONS Nuclear or biological weapons are becoming easier to build by terrorist organizations, political groups or individuals, who are not acting for a given state.
  2.  VIOLENT RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM Religious extremism and jihads may become widespread, leading to large numbers of suicide terrorists, and religious war between Muslims and Christians.
  3. RUNAWAY COMPUTER INTELLIGENCE Computers will acquire the capability to increase their own intelligence until a chain reaction happens of machines becoming more intelligent at electronic speed.