Force to Separate and Oreo Cookie

Contributors: Sam Basinait

 

EXPERIMENT:

  • To study the force involved in separating the two halves of an Oreo cookie.

MATERIALS:

  • One Oreo separator(paper clip and some string)
  • Five oreos
  • One science workshop with force detector

PROCEDURE:

  1. Attach the Oreo separator to the Oreo
  2. Using the force sensor and your hand pull the Oreo apart. Record findings.
  3. Repeat for all Oreo samples.

DATA:

  • See the pictures of graphs which represent the force data collected for five trials.

RESULTS:

  • It appeared that the force required stayed about the same.
  • Many Oreo remains that require disposing of.
  • The force needed to separate an Oreo starts at 0 Newtons (approximately) and then steadily increases to a maximum force, where after it falls sharply to zero.
  • The maximum force needed to separate an Oreo peaked around an average of 2.98 Newtons.

POSSIBLE APPLICATIONS:

  • This data could be used to help construct an Oreo suppurating machine.
  • 201 Oreo cookies could provide enough "sticking force" to support an average high school physics students having a mass of roughly 60kg if correctly suspended.

EXTERNAL LINKS:

  • Not yet submitted
 DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed herein are in no way affiliated with the Albion Central School District or Nabisco in any way.