TALON Talk: Tug of War Physics

Newton’s laws might just save your life!

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8 thoughts on “TALON Talk: Tug of War Physics

  1. Hi Joshua,

    Your presentation was clear, logical, and engaging, making it easy to digest the three points you made. I liked how your explanations were simple but simultaneously evidenced-based on Newton’s laws. The animations added to the effect, and your inclusion of an *intense* storyline made your talk all the more unique and interesting!

    One suggestion would be to perhaps elaborate more on the strategy of tug of war? This leads to my question: How do arrangement (e.g., strongest/heaviest at the back), the size of your step, pulling at the same time, or other related factors affect strategy?


  2. Hello Josh. I loved your presentation. The story made it engaging and exciting while still explaining the physics behind a tug of war using Newton’s laws. I also enjoyed the many animations you included to aid your explanations.
    One piece of advice I have is applying a basic theme or background to your PowerPoint, as the slides with only text seemed somewhat bland compared to ones with animations.
    My question for you is, how does stamina play a part in a tug of war? Would it be better to employ a strategy where a quick burst of energy is used initially, or try to play the long game and tire out your opponent?

  3. Phenomenal job, Joshua. The video was well done because each of your claims was supported by Newton’s Laws of Physics. I enjoyed how you revolved your TALON Talk around the popular TV show Squid Game. Lastly, I like how you posed questions and answered them with strong evidence and diagrams.

    If you were to change anything next time, I suggest using more detailed animations. This would make your presentation look even more professional. For my question, I was wondering how the type of rope used in a tug-of-war affects the overall results of the game.

  4. Hi Josh, love the talon talk. Great idea with the intense tug of war commentary, very engaging. I like how you used animations and Newton’s laws consistently throughout the talk.
    One thing I would recommend is writing the law you are referring to on the slide, it would would make it easier to comprehend.
    A question I have is how does one versus one tug of war differ from team tug of war?

  5. This was a very fun and engaging talk. I loved the incorporation of scenes from a popular TV Show, plus using the music from it too. I also like how you used very descriptive language. One improvement I would recommend is including the other questions on the screen, such as at the 6 minute mark. Also, when you refer to size you mean mass. My question is how would something like bigger shoe sizes affect this? They would add more friction, but would it be a big enough difference?

  6. Hello Josh,

    I liked your cinematic description in the introduction, and how you led it into the main content of the Talon Talk. I also enjoyed the animated diagrams, which added greatly to your explanations. Your explanations were very logical and clearly showed your extensive knowledge on the topic. I noticed that you probably could’ve cropped out a few of the parts where you paused to turn the page, but otherwise this Talon Talk was very good.
    My question is how does frequency of tugging affect your chance of victory?

  7. Good job Josh!

    I liked your cinematic description in the intro, and also how it led to the content of the TALON talk. I also enjoyed the animations. They added to your explanations and helped me understand the physics of tug of war. This video clearly showed your extensive knowledge of the topic. I have one question for you: which factor is most important when trying to win a game of tug of war?

  8. Hi Josh, I really liked your presentation. Your choice to narrate your presentation as a story made the presentation very engaging and didn’t feel awkward at all. You did a great job of explaining a game that seems rather simple at first glance with well-developed logic and understanding of your topic. I think that having a background or more detailed animations would have made the presentation better, but a great TALON Talk nonetheless.
    My question is does the pattern of how people are standing in a line affect the chances you have of winning a game of tug of war or is that purely preference-based? (Eg. If everyone stood on one side of the rope vs if people stood alternating, one on the left side and one on the right.)

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