Trip to COSI in Columbus in November 2004

The SPS  The SPS
Headlining our experience are Kelly Patton ('08) and Dan Utley ('05), riding gracefully over
the heads of the other COSI visitors. Kelly attempts to flesh-out the experience by waiving
her arms wildly, thus pushing the bounds of safety and eliciting cheers of "More! More!"
from the blood-thirsty crowd below. Halfway through his ride, Dan realizes that he will
most likely not be plummeting to his death, and begins to relax and go with the moment
-- a philosophy that serves him well for the rest of the day (especially during "rat basketball").

The SPS
Having braved the trip to Columbus (including extended discussions on the
point values of hawks and deer, religion, and funny phrases made with car models),
the six intrepid explorers prepare to confront theory with experiment at COSI. From
back-left to front-right: Dan Utley ('05), Austin Carter ('05), Kelly Patton ('08),
Stephen Poprocki ('07), John Gamble ('08), and Jeremy Hohertz ('06).

The SPS
John Gamble ('08), Kelly Patton ('08), Dan Utley ('05), and Jeremy Hohertz ('06) brush
up on their understanding of electrostatics. All but Jeremy seem to be paying close
attention--An observation that was sadly confirmed during the exam a few minutes later.
However, Dan's ability to take the curl of a magnetic field eventually convinced the COSI
staff that we were, in fact, ambassadors of physics.

Austin Dan
Austin Carter ('05) winces at the thought of actually touching Dan Utley ('05).
Luckily, Dan quickly electrocutes Austin, bringing the entire project to a premature and
tragic end. If you look carefully, you can see the arc connecting them. And if you look
even more carefully, you can see Austin's questionable choice in COSI pass placement. Hey
Austin - this is a family establishment!

The SPS
Stephen Poprocki ('07) and Kelly Patton ('08) bravely volunteer for a demonstration,
and are both subject to the crushing grip of the small girl between them. Either
that, or they are both being electrocuted. Regardless, the experience has
left the child on Stephen's right a bit confused.

The SPS
John Gamble ('08) is shocked and dismayed to hear that the Centrifugal force does
not actually exist (despite assurances from Dr. Boone that the entire community of
physicists is in error on this point). Kelly Patton ('08) greets this news with some skepticism,
as Jeremy Hohertz ('06) tries to imagine what will happen to Stephen Poprocki as he is subject
to the crushing effects of this fake force.

The SPS   The SPS
Before and After: Initially unsure of the wisdom in subjecting himself to the
moral equivalent of a washing machine's spin cycle, Stephen Poprocki ('07) learns that a
high gee environment can produce astonishing results. Here he amazes John Gamble ('08) by
simultaneously multiplying two six-digit numbers while levitating Jeremy Hohertz (not
shown). Stephen's super powers were short lived, and he succumbed to an unfortunate
incident with Austin Carter on the drive home.

The SPS
Austin Carter ('05) explains to Dan Utley ('05) why he believes the moment
of inertia of this particular sphere to be only MR²/12. The two debate this
observation and finally test their theories by attempting to spin the sphere without
getting wet. Ultimately, Dan was proven correct, and the entire group was asked to
leave the exhibit due to the precarious nature of Austin's pants.