Document Type

Poster Session

Document Subtype


Presentation Date

Winter 1-10-2011

Conference Name

American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting Winter Meeting

Conference Location

Jacksonville, FL


Ever ask a student about giants? What happens as people get extraordinarily tall? Is there a limit to a person’s maximum height? Sure, we developed a simple experiment for students to do using some lab weights and lots of spaghetti. The spaghetti is used as a model for bones and the students can examine the strength of the bones varying the length and the cross section. This simple lab allows students to explore the question of giants (...the limitations on human growth). While exploring this question, the students are introduced to a variety of lab-related skills: measurement, data taking, uncertainty, and graphical data analysis.



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