Monday, 29 December 2014

Snapping Spaghetti - why it never breaks into two pieces

Feynman fans will know that he was interested in all sorts of everyday questions, including the matter of how uncooked spaghetti breaks into multiple pieces when it is bent.  (Google spaghetti and Feynman and see just how many articles have been written on this topic!).

Why doesn't it break into two pieces, like a hockey stick does when it is overstressed?

Destin at Smarter Every Day has applied his high speed camera to this phenomenon and can show us in slow motion exactly what happens.

Does this explanation satisfy you?