Drama and Destruction: Physics on Video
January 19, 2012
A model bridge destruction contest held recently by Saint Leo University’s Department of Mathematics and Sciences put students to work on an assignment full of suspense, enlightenment and laughter.
Saint Leo physics and engineering students broke into teams to see which group could produce the best – meaning the most durable – model bridge. All teams used the same materials: lightweight wooden sticks (up to 100) and white glue. This type of assignment “brings physics out of the textbook and into the real world,” explains Dr. Shawn Weatherford, assistant professor physics.Drama and Destruction: Physics on Video