Physics Lab Encourages Dropping Raw Eggs on Teachers
Posted October 25, 2012
Upper School Honors Physics students took aim at their teacher with raw eggs in a fun yet challenging lab yesterday. In this lab, the girls, armed with calculators, computers, stop watches and a detailed knowledge of kinematics, are challenged to drop an egg from 9.1 meters (30 ft.) onto their target’s head, which is moving below at a constant velocity. The only thing they know in advance is the drop location (an ‘X’ on the sidewalk) and the line along which their target will be walking.
As always, the girls are extremely motivated for this lab and many of them were able to hit their targets with at least one of their three eggs. In fact, there were a number “direct hits” to the head and shoulders. This lab tests not only their physics abilities but also their planning and communication skills.