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Midway Physics Day takes over the South Carolina State Fair

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Students have the chance to dip a balloon in liquid nitrogen and see how it works. Students have the chance to dip a balloon in liquid nitrogen and see how it works.
USC Professor, Jeff Wilson demonstrates the basketball and tennis ball experiment. USC Professor, Jeff Wilson demonstrates the basketball and tennis ball experiment.

By: Sierra Bryson       

   It's the smells of funnel cakes, deep fried oreos, and everything fried that usually catch your attention when entering the State Fair .  

   But on Tuesday the Richard Childers Midway Physics Day was catching the attention of many students.

   For 17 years, this event has been showing students from all over the state how the laws of physics influence everything around them.

   The students do many different hands-on experiments, but USC professor Jeff Wilson says the rides are the biggest attraction.

   "Rides at a fair are pure physics demonstrations, they're all about circular motions, pendulums are swinging back and forth and the kids are able to take data and go back and analyze them like problems," said Wilson.  

    Students had the chance to see how the large momentum of a basketball ball can be transferred to a small tennis ball causing the tennis ball to become energized and bounce very high.

    Rather than learning straight from the book, students experimented with cold seeing how the low temperature of liquid nitrogen can cause the helium in a balloon to get low and shrink.

    Midway gave students like Calvary Rumluski the opportunity to come out and experience this unique event.

    "I've learned some energy transformations, like from the top potential and then when it rolls down its kinetic energy. So I learned a lot," said Calvary.

      This was not just your average trip to the fair, students had the chance to walk away with knowledge of how physics works in their life.

    

 

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