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January 16, 2015

The Ultimate Test of Charter’s Creativity With Gravity

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Written by: CHAT NEWS
5 Egg Drop taken by Ross Gelman

The old sayings goes “break a leg” and shake it off onto the stage; but in the case of a little Egg Drop Physics Lab in Mr. Ram’s class the idea of “breaking” anything can result in the grade that rhymes with Jeff. The annual drop test of the two-story hike up the stairs in the C Building will commence next Wednesday under the final supervision of Mr. Ram. The lab only allows certain materials like poster board, tape, glue, straws, and shish-kebab skewers. The rules are pretty much straightforward in regards to the overall lab- breaking the egg will earn a grade of a F and keeping the egg intact upon landing will grant an A grade. “This lab is a very creative and elaborate set up, which will definitely be challenging, but in the end very rewarding. My group and I are planning on building a box with sticks and glue inside of the box to help support the egg upon landing” said Senior Elizabeth Leal.

The Egg Drop Physics Lab is tested throughout the country with thousands of students in participation. While many students have ultimately failed in the experiment, others have shined victorious in grand bragging rights. PPCHS’s Physics teacher Mr. Ram has been doing the egg drop lab for years. He even sheds light on a little secret way to do the lab. He shared, “Last year, I allowed all of my students to take an egg and place in into a plastic jar of peanut butter. The reason why the egg was intact after the lab is because the egg’s genetic makeup protects itself under the pregnancy stage inside of the female chicken, very similar to the genetic makeup of a woman’s body.” The Egg Drop Lab overall is to test the egg’s momentum and velocity under the philosophy of Isaac Newton’s Second Law of Gravitational Force. The lab will count as the first one of the New Year so the stacks are set high, literally, for another incredible year in the science of physics.

Reported by: Ross GELMAN

Photo by: Ross GELMAN


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