PGP Engineering Projects

Here is the spot for approved members to upload a Physics Design or Engineering Lab or other file.  Anyone (member or not) is able to download these files.

Adding Your File to PGP:

  1. Members must use the META link on the side to login to PrettyGoodPhysics.
Putting Files in the Right Spot:
  1. Go to the appropriate page (kinematics, forces etc..) and Select the “EDIT THIS ENTRY” link.
  2. The “Page Content” box that uses a wysiwyg visual editor contains the existing web-page content.  Go to the bottom (or the most appropriate spot) of the existing text on the page.
  3. Use your [Enter] key to create a blank line.  Be SURE your cursor is in this blank line at the bottom of the page
  1. The blue horizontal bar should have Upload selected.
  2. Use the grey highlighted BROWSE button (not the browse button in blue) to find the file on your computer.
  3. Fill in the Title & Description.  This title is the name that will be posted on the website.
  4. Click the [Upload] button in the lower right.
  5. Check the “Page Content” box.  Be CERTAIN that your cursor is in located in the blank line you created a moment ago.
  6. Select “Link to FILE
  7. Click on “Send to Editor.”  You should see the file hot-linked in the Page Content area.
  8. Below the file name add:
    1. authors name (and email if willing)
    2. If the file is a lab, worksheet, or slideshow (like ppt).
    3. A brief description of the file.
  9. Click on the Save button to the right.

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  1. The Perfect Pringle Packing Contest
  2. Author: Ralph von Philp (
  3. Description: This is a problem-solving project where students must create a container to mail a single Pringles potato chip through the US Postal Service. The grade is based on how well the chip survives (performance-based assessment!). I originally got the idea from Tim Durkin. Feel free to download and modify to fit your preferences.
  4. Also, here is a chart I use to keep track of the results: Pringle Packing Contest Results

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  1. Printer Ribbon Stress Test
  2. Author: Paul Lulai (
  3. Project Type: Problem Solving. Students use Vernier force & motion sensors to plot tensile strength vs elongation of a printer ribbon. From this, students determine yield point. Students use their yield point to determine how much printer ribbon they need to hold a student on a “swing truss.” Note: This is a copy of the file on Vernier’s webpage. The write-up with more explicit directions is coming.

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