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On Top of Spaghetti
Background: Engineers test materials all the time. To do this they often test smaller models of the real thing. For example instead of testing the fail weight of a steel beam they may test the fail weight of thin tinsel of steel. They can then use a ratio or even a graph to determine the weight that a bridge much larger can hold. The following activity is similar in nature to this testing process. Tools: 1 paper cup with 2 holes punched in it 1 cup full of pennies (100) Uncooked spaghetti (10 pieces) Scotch Tape

Procedure: 1. PREDICT: Predict how much you think each piece of spaghetti will be able to hold 2. Thread a piece of spaghetti through the holes in the cup. 3. One person will suspend the cup by placing each index finger about one inch in from the ends of the spaghetti. 4. Another student will carefully add pennies to the cup, one at a time, until the spaghetti breaks. 5. Take two new pieces of spaghetti. Tape each end together with scotch tape and then place it through the cups. (X) Independent Variable # of spaghetti
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