Advanced Physics Students Build Bridges

On Friday, June 4, Dr. Christopher Payette’s Advanced Physics students tested the structural integrity of toothpick bridges that they designed.

As students held their breath, Dr. Payette slowly poured sand into a bucket suspended from the bridges to test their load-bearing capabilities.

Congratulations to junior Camille Ferrell ’22, whose bridge supported the most weight — 4.8 kilograms (10.5 pounds) — before splintering.  Classmate Aaron Morton ’22 wasn’t far off, constructing a bridge that supported 4.3 kilograms (9.5 pounds) before collapsing. The students’ bridges were both incredibly light, weighing just 1.2 and 1.3 ounces, respectively.


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