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How to Make the Biggest Splash

Hydraulics engineer Dennis Dunn on the physics of jackassery.

Make the Biggest Splash

Hydraulics engineer Dennis Dunn on the physics of jackassery.

A Running Start1. “Newton said that an object’s force is equal to its mass times its acceleration (F=MA). Your mass is fixed, so if you want to create a big splash, you need to accelerate by running fast.”







A 45 Degree Angle2 . When calculating your angle of approach,take into account the “fluid dynamics, which change depending on the shape and depth of your pool.” A good guideline is 45 degrees.







Uncork3. To maintain speed and combat wind drag, stay in your tuck as long as you can. Then uncork and “hit the water as ugly and asymmetrical as possible.” Everyone laughing now secretly hates you.