The Physics Class “Eggs”ecution

By: Madison Schnurpel

 

The device drops, the room goes silent, and, Splat!, the egg breaks, sending yolk across the floor of the classroom. For some unfortunate souls, this was the experience they had when it came to their Egg Drop Lab this week in Physics.

Design a contraption that won’t break an egg,” physics teacher Anne Elsner said when asked what the goal of the Egg Drop Lab was.

The lab, a kick-off to the Momentum and Impulse unit in the class, gave students the opportunity to explore the forces of physics in a way designed to make it fun and enjoyable.  It was intended to allow a smaller scale example of real-life applied physics.

“[The lab] simulates how cars are designed to protect passengers,” Elsner said.

Junior Cory Snyder works on constructing his device. "My design was really simple, so it was fast to build," he said. "I was able to test it for the rest of the period in different scenarios."

Junior Cory Snyder works on constructing his device. “My design was really simple, so it was fast to build,” he said. “I was able to test it for the rest of the period in different scenarios.”

Students learned about forces and momentum prior to the lab that they applied to their planning for construction. They were given one class period to plan, one to build and one to test their contraptions, which caused problems for some students.

“[The main issue was] time practically. Also, it was frustrating being limited to certain criteria, so we obviously had to work around that,” senior Emma Franco said.

Not only were the students limited on time, but they were also not allowed to build devices such as a parachute or ones that contained the egg as if it was a shipped good. The strict constraints were intended to give the students opportunity to learn lessons outside of the realm of physics.

“When you’re working in a team, you are always building life skills. The ability to collaborate between peers is extremely valuable and will serve me throughout life,” junior Cory Snyder said.

As the partners worked together, they had to make sure they were always on the same page and in agreeance, or their project may not have been successful. When it came time to test, groups observed one another to compare their final products.

“I kept watching the others go and, as they all cycled through, I was watching for what was working and what wasn’t to predict if ours would work” junior Ashlyn Zoss said.

The testing day was when the lab became a competition. Groups competed to see who’s contraption could protect the egg when it was dropped from the ceiling, halfway up the band tower and from the top of the band tower.

“I enjoyed a friendly competition between groups to decide who could protect their egg from a higher height,” Snyder said

Junior Marco Copat prepares to drop his contraption during sixth period physics. It ended up surviving this drop, and moving onto the next height.

Junior Marco Copat prepares to drop his contraption during sixth period physics. It ended up surviving this drop, and moving onto the next height.

regarding the challenge faced.

Chaos filled the room as exasperated reactions followed triumphs or failures with eggs. While some groups were able to focus on the competition, others had to focus on their main goal: protecting their egg from the first height.

“We were all stressed over whether it would work or not,” Zoss said.

Most groups in the class were able to survive the first drop. Once the testing was done, they needed to write a formal lab report over their findings, and how they felt about the experiment as a whole.

I enjoy doing this project because it gives students an opportunity to create something on their own while still applicable to the physics concepts we are talking about.  Plus the reaction to successes/failures is priceless,” Elsner said when asked about why she continues to assign this lab.

This physics project is one that many people have seen in movies and tv shows, but not many understand the science behind. It is clear that there is depth to this lab, and, for that, it will continue to enrich the mind of high schoolers yet to come.

Junior Creates a Labyrinth to the Future

 

By: Madison Schnurpel

Imagine: a futuristic world where anything could be printed with the press of a button. Because of entrepreneurs such as junior Jacob Lovrinic, the world is one step closer to that future.

“I personally print mechanical parts… any part that would just be too difficult to manufacture by hand,” Lovrinic said when asked what he uses his personal 3D printer for.

Lovrinic has owned his printer since the summer after his freshman year but has decided to not just keep this technology to himself.

“[My customers are] like, ‘I want you to print this file,’ that they designed in this CAD software themselves,” he said.

Lovrinic created his account, LabyrinthTechnolgy, on 3Dhubs.com almost two years ago. By using the technology he has at hand, Lovrinic is able to print and ship the files to customers. He has printed anything from miniature violins to a gyroscope using his device.

“[I print] whatever people want me to print. It’s open ended and you can just send me whatever you want and I’ll print it,” Lovrinic said.

The website is structured so that users can contact one another to send message about the products. Lovrinic, though, has something about him that makes him stand out to other users.

“I’ll print it for way less than anyone else will,” he said.

Jacob Lovrinic ‘18 looks at his account on 3Dhubs.com during his study hall. “I like being able to make whatever I need whenever I need it,” Lovrinic said.

Jacob Lovrinic ‘18 looks at his account on 3Dhubs.com during his study hall. “I like being able to make whatever I need whenever I need it,” Lovrinic said.

He does not set his prices high. In fact, comparatively, Lovrinic has extremely low prices for his printed materials and products; but why?

“I don’t really make money but I want people to have access to 3D printing without spending tons of cash,” Lovrinic said about his true motives for using the website.

It is not the money that he is in for, but the overall knowing that he was able to share the technology with more people. Still, there is some physical profit made, which Lovrinic uses for his other hobbies.

“I get a little bit of money and I spend that mostly on electronics,” Lovrinic said.

The profit he gains is often used to buy items that can help him with other things he does, such as building a blimp to mount a camera to. Lovrinic is one of the many people pushing the 3D printing industry forward.

“3D printing is something that’s now readily available to anyone who wants it, not just big companies and schools,” Lovrinic said.

While working on a 3D printer in Project Lead the Way teacher Brent Schulz’s room, Lovrinic shared how far 3D printing has come.

“Anyone who wants to start a webstore for anything… can just print on the spot,” Lovrinic said about the new ease in production provided by 3D printing.

With the new improvements in 3D printing, people like Lovrinic are able to make some money, or, in his case, spread the technology, with ease.

“I think it is going to replace a lot of traditional manufacturing,” Lovrinic said.

All that is known for certain is that Jacob Lovrinic is just one of the many working to guide people through the labyrinth of technology, and into the future.

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Final Exam Schedule

Comic by: Nathan Probst

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Final Exam Schedule Fall 2016

Thursday, December 15: Period 1 and Period 4 exams

Friday, December 16: Period 6 and 9 exams

Monday, December 19: Period 2 and Period 5 exams

Tuesday, December 20: Period 7 and Period 10 exams

 

Reminder for Seniors: S to the 5th opens today, November 29, and closes Wednesday, December 7, at noon

“Guys and Dolls” to Take the Stage Tonight

By Alex Armstrong

Photos by Suellen Swaney

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Year after year, CG theatre and Kathleen Kersey produce new and improved plays and musicals, and according to Kersey, this year is a stand out.

“Guys and Dolls” takes place in New York during the mid 1940’s, when gambling and gangs were at their peak. The plot is about a prestigious gambler, Sky Masterson, who falls in love with a church mission leader as the result of a bet. The following ride is entertaining and very comedic, as Sky does a number of things to win his new doll over.

Kersey spoke very highly about her cast and their work ethic, and also greatness of the play itself.

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The Cast takes a bow at the end of dress rehearsal

 

“It’s a fun show to do, and I’m pretty sure everyone is having a good time,” Kersey said.

According to Kersey, this year’s cast is very close knit and the result on stage is already amazing.

When it comes to play production, Kersey is a seasoned veteran. She’s directed over a hundred, by her guess, but something makes this year unique.

“This is the most focused group of students I’ve ever worked with, and I’ve done a lot of them,” Kersey said.

The cast includes Olivia Buck, Taylor Ward, Adrianna Goss and Eli Robinson as the leads and will also feature Jared Norman, Alex Brickens and Nick Pearson.

“Our leads this year are great, they’re doing a good job putting it all together,” said Kersey.

Taylor Ward plays Nathan Detroit, a love-stricken gambler who’s been engaged for 14 years to his lovely Adelaide.

“This has definitely been one of the most devoted casts I’ve ever worked with.. And why should people come see it? Because I’m in it, that’s why,” Ward said.

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Taylor Ward and Olivia Buck share a sweet moment as their characters celebrate their fourteenth year of engagement

Olivia Buck plays the leader of the Hot Box and fiancé of Nathan, Miss Adelaide.

“I really love the process and getting to know so many talented people,” Buck said.“I also love seeing everything coming together and finding tings new things to do and seeing everything click.”

Adrianna Goss plays the leader of The Save A Soul Mission, Sara Brown. Miss Brown’s mission is unfortunately failing, yet a lucky roll of the dice changes her luck.

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Adrianna Goss and Eli Robinson pose during the finalé of the play

“”It’s been really fun getting to work with everyone in the cast because I get to meet so many awesome people,” Goss said.

Guys and Dolls is one of Kersey’s favorite plays to direct because of the play’s upbeat tempo, the comedy throughout as well as the large appeal of the play.

“I think anybody would love to see the show,” Kersey said with a grin.

Showtimes will be at 7:30 on Friday and Saturday with a Matinee at 2:30 on Sunday

Tickets are available online and at the door- 10$ for center section and 8$ for the outside

Tickets are going fast, reserve your seat today!

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Math Whiz Takes Calculus by Storm

By Parker Ferguson

Summer break for high school students is usually a time of relaxation, days by the pool, and long nights with friends. The thought of school is constantly shoved to the side, as we desire to make the most of every free moment we have during the weeks away from the high school.  However, senior Zachary McDaniel had different plans for his summer break. McDaniel set out to teach himself an entire year of Calculus this past summer.

“For the first two weeks of June and the last week of summer I got a Princeton review book out and studied Calculus AP,” McDaniel said. “The book that I used really just broke it down for you; it was nice.  It told you exactly what to do and it gave you the problems.”

A good book may aid in this process, but self-teaching Calculus 1 takes dedication and natural ability.

“It was probably like 3 hours a day [I was studying].”

Most high school students would not devote three hours a day to reading for pleasure, let alone self-teaching calculus. McDaniel did try to spread the love, or in this case the calculus.

“I asked a few friends if they wanted to do it with me before school, and they all denied it.” McDaniel said with a laugh. “They all just said it wouldn’t be fun.”

McDaniel’s summer studying has set him up well to advance from Calculus 1 into Calculus 2.

“I think it went pretty well, I mean, I probably don’t understand it to the extent other kids in my class do, but I know I could probably catch up with them eventually,” McDaniel said. “In my Calculus class I’m in right now, we still have to use Calc 1 stuff all the time, so eventually I’ll get used to it.”

 McDaniel did have to prove that he had learned an entire year of Calculus before he could place into Calc 2.

“I think there was like two IU tests that you take when you get into Calc 2 and it suits where you’re at in Calc 1, so I just took those two tests in two study halls.”

Natural mathematical ability and dedication will serve McDaniel well throughout his career.

“I want to do AeroSpace engineering, which is a lot of calculus and other math like that.”

Rarely in our modern day educational system does a student have enough proficiency to skip a class, or have the natural ability to self-teach a year of Calculus during three weeks of summer. Yet, this is exactly what McDaniel did. Hope sitting around the bonfire and laying by the pool was worth it, because while you were relaxing Zachary McDaniel was teaching himself advanced math. Years down the road, when he is an AeroSpace engineer, we can appreciate that the Calculus he uses everyday to solve some of the most advanced mathematical equations, he taught himself out of a textbook during summer break.