Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The Dropping Game
So when you drop things in a vacuum, everything falls at the same rate. Since no one actually lives in a vacuum, though, I thought it might be fun to let my daughter experiment with dropping things and seeing what falls fastest. We have some stairs with a railing, and we went part of the way up with 2 items at a time - like, a book and a wadded up piece of paper; a wadded up piece of paper and a flat sheet of paper; 2 balloons of different sizes; etc. We asked, "Which will fall faster?" and then we'd drop them and see. By the end, she was able to predict that smaller balloons fall faster than bigger balloons, which I thought was actually quite impressive.