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Weight distribution on light bulbs and eggs, a physics demonstration

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Explore the physics of pressure with this weight distribution on lightbulbs and eggs demonstration.

Dr. Tatiana Erukhimova of the Texas A&M University Physics & Astronomy department shares her excitement about this demo and, supported by a team and her years of experience, she does the dangerous part of this experiment so you don’t have to. Don’t try this with lightbulbs at home.

However, you should definitely try the eggs and weights part of this experiment.

weight on an egg
Using multiple eggs, Dr. Tatiana demonstrates how the pressure or force is evenly spread across their curved surfaces.

“When distributing weight, fragile items can hold exponentially more weight. This is how bridges and towers are so strong!”

Dr. Erukhimova with eggs and weights
Related hands feet-on science: Walking on Eggs Science Activity.

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