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The New and Improved Water Balloon Drop

Physics and Astronomy
Caroline Benneyworth

Korrine Tinsley

This project looked at the factors that control the predictability of whether a water balloon would burst if dropped from certain heights. This was building on a project from last year, where we showed that the calculation of the impact energy alone wasn't predictive. This project tried to control additional variables in an attempt to improve the predictability. In the end, the outcomes were still too variable for us to predict outcomes of dropping a water balloon based upon drop height and mass of the balloon.

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One thought on “The New and Improved Water Balloon Drop

  1. Wow! It looks like you spent a lot of time planning your experiment and then collecting lots of data. I really like the experiment and think it must have been some fun too. That is a lot of broken water balloons. Keep exploring testable questions!

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