Gravitational Response Test

Contributors: Benjamin Kirby, Ryan Haight, & Josh Raymond

 

EXPERIMENT:

  • To observe the effect of gravity on an Oreo Cookie

MATERIALS:

  • Oreo Cookies
  • Meter Stick
  • Tracker-4.80 Program
  • Video Camera

PROCEDURE:

  1. Determine from where to drop the Oreo.
  2. Set video camera to record the final meter or so of the predicted fall.
  3. Place a meter stick in the same plane as the Oreo.
  4. Start recording.
  5. Drop Oreo Cookie.
  6. Examine results.
  7. Load the video of the fall onto Tracker-4.80 and track the path of the Oreo Cookie.

DATA:

  • Data table 1 shows recorded tracker data from experiment drop 1
    Time (s) X-Distance (cm) Y-Distance (cm) Velocity (cm/s)
    0 -46.404 93.107 N/A
    0.033 -47.302 70.055 -697.063
    0.067 -48.5 46.404 -683.658
    0.1 -48.5 24.25 -697.063
    0.134 -48.799 -0.299 -589.823
    0.167 -50.296 -15.268 -205.544
    0.201 -48.799 -14.071 -22.342
    0.234 -48.2 -13.771 4.468
    0.267 -48.2 -13.771 -31.278
    0.301 -48.2 -15.867 22.68
    0334 -4.2 -15.268 N/A
  • Data table 2 shows recorded tracker data from experiment drop 2
    Time (s) X-Distance (cm) Y-Distance (cm) Velocity (cm/s)
    0 -0.225 98.198 N/A
    0.033 -0.901 75.9 -672.259
    0.066 -1.802 53.829 -689.322
    0.099 -1.802 30.405 -695.841
    0.133 -1.126 7.207 -487.425
    0.166 -1.351 -2.252 N/A

RESULTS:

  • In the short term the Oreo remains in numerous pieces due to the explosive collision with the floor. Several hours later, the Oreo remained exploded...

POSSIBLE APPLICATIONS:

  • Oreos can be used as a missile like projectile for small ground targets, when fired from above, for minimal physical damage.

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.