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Engineering students score with pumpkin

  1. Nov 2, 2009 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/pumpkin-students-engineering-2631958-center-science [Broken]
     
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  3. Nov 2, 2009 #2

    lisab

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    Damn those dropped decimals.
     
  4. Nov 2, 2009 #3

    Office_Shredder

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    We were aiming for the plywood?

    Oh.. right... we just overshot it. My bad
     
  5. Nov 3, 2009 #4

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    :rofl: I love it! It's like Revenge of the Nerds all over again, finally getting even with the jocks and their fancy scoreboards while they had to make do with pumpkins and plywood. :biggrin:
     
  6. Nov 3, 2009 #5
    Wow I remember back in the day making a potatoe launcher. A pumpkin launcher, now this could be a bit more interesting. :biggrin:
     
  7. Nov 3, 2009 #6

    Chi Meson

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    Dan Qualye is amonge us!
     
  8. Nov 3, 2009 #7

    BobG

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    1) That is one wimpy scoreboard if a pumpkin punched a hole in it.

    http://www.dailytitan.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/pumpkin001-287x300.jpg [Broken]

    2) What a lousy shot. They just barely hit the scoreboard.

    3) What an ingenious design! Having the firing mechanism raise the elevation by the precise angle required to hit the scoreboard, thereby providing a plausible "accidental" clause.

    4) Dan Quayle was an engineer?
     
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    No. But he was a great spellere
     
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  10. Nov 3, 2009 #9
    Student 1:" We just finished that cannon we talked about in the Engineering club last week!"

    Student 2:"Really, you actually built it?"

    Student 1:"Yeah, it wasn't as hard as it looked."

    Student 2:"How far can it shoot?"

    Student 1:"I don't know. We put up a backstop and target at about 50 yards to try it out."

    Student 2: "What did the math say?"

    Student 1:"We didn't think we really needed the math, whats the worst that can happen?"
     
  11. Nov 3, 2009 #10

    Borek

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    Hopefully students involved will not work on any future Mars missions.
     
  12. Nov 3, 2009 #11

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    When I read the title of this thread, I thought some engineering students had done some inappropriate things to a pumpkin and got caught. I am slightly relieved...
     
  13. Nov 3, 2009 #12
    I dont understand how it could have possibly gone 3-4 times farther then they expected. If you factor in the fact that it only went 150 yards because it hit a high object who knows how far it was actualy gona go. Must have been the same crew that demo'd a car in my highschool auto class...
     
  14. Nov 3, 2009 #13

    BobG

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    My guess: either it hit about 2 feet lower than expected or this was the most pathetic engineering team in the competition. It is indeed possible to hit the bullseye with a perfect shot, as was demonstrated by the Society of Automotive Engineers in the 2008 competition.

    An article previewing the event: http://calstate.fullerton.edu/news/2009/039-pumpkin-launch.html

    Actually, I'm really disturbed having read the preview. I had no idea they were using pumpkins with faces on them! :cry:
     
  15. Nov 3, 2009 #14

    Moonbear

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    From the article:
    :rofl: Might want to think twice before hiring engineers graduating from CSUF.
     
  16. Nov 3, 2009 #15

    mgb_phys

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    Another group just set a world record of 4600 feet!

    2027599.jpg
     
  17. Nov 3, 2009 #16

    lisab

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    Right...they would have to call it the [STRIKE]Mars[/STRIKE] Saturn mission.
     
  18. Nov 4, 2009 #17

    BobG

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    Considering that's the Big 10 team, I would expect their distance to be longer than advertised (by at least 10%).
     
  19. Nov 4, 2009 #18
    That is hilarious.
     
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