Do guys have the advantage in a wishbone breaking contest?
This is a good science discovery question, but one that is difficult to investigate, after all turkey’s only have one wishbone.
Photo by Cherita Lueck, elementary science facilitator.
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Wishbone Breaking Contest Rules
1. The wishbone is to remain relatively stationary. This means the center of the wishbone should remain over a starting line, the crack between the two desks is the starting line in the photo.
2. Each person holds the end of one of the wishbone “legs.” (It looks like the gal may be holding in the wrong place.)
3. Each person pulls out on the wishbone “leg.”The objective of the contest is for one wishbone “leg” to break.
The winner of the contest is the person that has the shortest piece, or is it the longest piece? My family seemed to change the rules each time the wishbone was broken. Make a decision before you start the contest.
Since the wishbone is to remain relatively stationary, each person must apply the same amount of force in opposite directions. These are called balanced forces.
It is not the balanced forces that break the wishbone. You have to do more investigating. Check out the other wishbone articles on this web site.
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