Paper Boys

Episode 84

Why do water balloons pop?

There's advanced science behind this playground activity.

Any kid can intuitively understand how much you need to fill a water balloon to effectively drench someone. But it turns out that predicting this quantitatively with physics is much more challenging! Join us James and Charlie this week for a look into an experimental physics paper that analyzed precisely when a water balloon (or any liquid-filled) balloon might pop.

Check out the journal article here and the Science Daily article here.

Links to the videos are here, here, and here.

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