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Angry Birds. Discuss

The Western New York State Physics Teachers’ Alliance uses Angry Birds to poses physics conundrums

Product: Angry Birds (iPhone) | Developer: Rovio | Publisher: Clickgamer | Genre: Action, Puzzle
For: iPhone
 
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Angry Birds is commonly referred to as a physics-based game (primarily because it is). According to the Western New York State Physics Teachers’ Alliance (WNYSPTA), this means it's a suitable physics teaching tool.

There are some who would claim that teaching physics with Angry Birds clips represents dumbing down. Not being able to comprehend the questions posed by WNYSPTA, nor therefore to distinguish them from proper questions in a textbook, we're not qualified to comment. 

Here's the test in full. Can you do it? Can you?

Write in if you like, but we won't understand your answers.

1. Make a reasonable estimate for the size of an angry bird, and determine the value of g in Angry Bird World. Why would the game designer want to have g be different than 9.8 m/s²?



2. Does the blue angry bird conserve momentum during its split into three?



3. Does the white bird conserve momentum when it drops its bomb? Why would the game designer want the white bird to drop its bomb the way that it does?



4. Describe in detail how the yellow bird changes velocity. You will need to analyze more than one flight path to answer this question.



5. Shoot an angry bird so that it bounces off one of the blocks. Determine the coefficient of restitution and the mass of the angry bird.



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Rob Hearn 20 June 2011
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AbuJaffer | 19:54 - 20 June 2011
Doesn't seem too complicated, although it seems like a simple excuse to use Angry Birds in teaching. Which is perfectly natural of course.
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