Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite

Edward F. Redish

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The concrete canoe

Each year, schools design, build, and race full-size canoes made entirely of reinforced concrete. These canoes are judged in regional competitions based on design and construction quality, written presentation of work performed, and racing performance. The "best" canoe from each region then moves on to a professionally sponsored national competition. For 10 consecutive year, University of Maryland students have advanced to the national competition. How can you make a canoe out of concrete that floats?

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