Hands On PhysicsThe Great Bungee Jump

Step 1: Building the Tower
In this activity you build the bungee jump tower out of PVC pipe and attach your capacitor timing circuit to it.
Step 2: Calibrating the Timer
Once your tower is constructed you need to calibrate your capacitor timer to read in seconds rather than millivolts. In this activity you will drop a weight several times and measure how long each drop takes.
Step 3: Using the Scale Model
Your conpleted tower and calibrated timer are now ready to use to study a falling bungee jumper. In this activity you will make measurements that will enable you to calculate the acceleration and forces exerted on the bungee jumper.
Step 4: Getting Data
Your completed tower and calibrated timer are now ready to use to study a falling bungee jumper. In this activity you will make measurements that will enable you to calculate the acceleration and forces exerted on the bungee jumper.
Step 5: Applying Mathematics
Now the question is whether it is possible to predict the forces on a real live bungee jumper. In this activity you will use a mathematical model to study your bungee jump model. If the mathematical model works, you can use it to predict the fate of a real jumper.