## Hands On Physics

### The Great Bungee Jump Core Project Activities

The core activity of the Great Bungee Jump project is a model bungee jump tower. The project can be completed in five steps.
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.

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