Team Wharton A
We sat in a circle discussing our materials and what we could do with them to be both creative and effective. We debated different possibilities, and everyone suggested any ideas that came to mind. Travis recorded the ideas as they came up. As we discussed, we eventually came to a general consensus about our plan.
Here are the possibilities that we discussed:
Create a flat surface with greatest possible surface area
Make it spin
Cut dowel rods and tennis ball (into pieces)
Cut ball and stick paper clip in to use as a fish hook
Cut rods and tape them together to make more than three
Wings 0 cut bag on seams at an angle
Place ball in bag
Remove drawstring and use it for something else, stretch bag
Impale ball and stick rods in
Choosing final design
First of all, we wanted to create the largest surface area to increase the air resistance on the trash bag to make the fall slow. Thus, we decided to gather the tips of the sticks and generate a three equal parts of a circle by putting them 120o apart. (We also used plastic tape’s cover to keep the sticks together.)We wanted to forestall it to behave like a parachute because we thought that if it rotates it could hang in the air for longer time. We considered cutting triangular wings by cutting the trash bag from corners-on its diagonal. To make it rotate, we decided to attach one side of the wing on the stick completely and prevent the air flow on that side. However, we only attached the tip of the wing to the tip of the stick and left space for air flow. According to the plan, if we build wings in this way air resistance will cause it to spin due to allowing only one direction flow of air. In addition, we decided to cut the tennis ball into three equal parts to hang each part on three sticks so we can distribute the weight and prevent it to flip.
Final drop time
Our final drop time was 3.91 seconds.
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