CSU, Chico News

Annual Pumpkin Drop Scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 29

Date: 10-23-2009

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
David Kagan
Science Education

Get in the Halloween spirit at the 22nd Society of Physics Students’ Pumpkin Drop, Thursday, Oct. 29, noon, on the south side of Butte Hall, California State University, Chico.

Legend has it that Galileo Galilei demonstrated his Law of Falling Bodies by climbing to the top of the Tower of Pisa so that he could drop a large ball and a small ball at the same time. Both balls hit the ground together. Physics students will re-enact this great moment in the history of science using pumpkins.

An actor playing Albert Einstein will be the host as actors representing Aristotle, Galileo, and Newton each explain their theories of gravity. For a grand finale, students will use Galileo’s Law of Falling Bodies to drop pumpkins in time to the cannon blasts of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.”

“We promise you a smashing good time!” said David Kagan, Department of Physics. Contact Kagan at 898-6259 or visit the Web site of the Society of Physics Students at phys.csuchico.edu/sps/activities.shtml.