Bungee Drop

(section: 2 / paragraph: a / line: 2)

2015-02-13 18:51 The rules state that the bungee must terminate with "a closed metal ring approximately 1/2 to 1 inch in diameter." What constitutes approximately? Some key rings labeled as 1" are slightly over 1". Is that still acceptable?

Approximately would be 3/8" to 1 1/8".

(section: 2 / paragraph: b / line: 1)

2015-02-13 18:53 Does the 500-591 mL bottle have to be specific weight/height? Or can it be any bottle, even one that is tall and thin or short and fat?

The 500 - 591 ml. bottle may be any shape. The total mass of the bottle, attachments & drop mass placed inside the bottle should be within the stated 50 - 300 gram limits.

(section: 3 / line: 2)

2015-02-13 18:54 Are dampening mechanisms such as parachutes permitted?

No, dampening mechanisms violate the spirit of the problem.

(section: 3 / paragraph: b / line: 1)

2014-11-25 19:52 What is the definition of "drop height?"is it the bottom of the plastic bottle? The top? the top including all attached pieces by the event supervisors?The height of the anchoring system's top of ledge?

The drop height is measured from the bottom of the bottle.

(section: 3 / paragraph: b / line: 3)

2014-10-21 20:08 The phrasing for the sentence beginning "An attachment mechanism... " has very confusing wording. What exactly is it saying about attachment mechanisms (could you reword it for us?)

Rule 2.b.line 3 The phrase should be a complete sentence starting with the wording "Supervisors will supply an attachment mechanism......."

(section: 3 / paragraph: c / line: 1)

2015-02-13 18:56 The cord is referred to as an "elastic cord" several times, though in this section, it refers to an elasticity test involving only the bottom 1m of the cord. Can the rest of the cord actually be non-elastic, and therefore no...

Yes, it may include non-elastic sections. All cords will stretch. Some more than others. The rules define elasticity and as long as the cord meets the elasticity test and does not violate the spirit of the problem (allowing the drop mass to free fall) it is acceptable. Please note the last sentence in the definition of the elasticity test (3.c. ..."Self-limiting-brake" mechanisms such as a separate, parallel, non-elastic strand that "brakes" the fall of the mass with little to no rebound are not permitted.)

(section: 3 / paragraph: c / line: 2)

2014-11-25 19:58 Would folding the cord in half or other fractions/multiples to adjust for drop heights considered a physical alteration?

Folding the cord would not be considered a physical alteration. However, when folded, the cord would need to meet the elasticity test. Rule 3.c states "The cord may consist of more than one material...and more than one strand as long as it meets the elasticity test." Rule 3.c also defines the elasticity test "...while being suspended vertically, the bottom meter of the cord must stretch to at least 1.25 meters when a single mass is attached to this section and return to within 5 cm of its original length after the mass is removed."

(section: 3 / paragraph: c / line: 7)

2014-11-25 19:59 Does the bottom one meter length include the key ring for the elasticity test? i.e. the one meter length measured from the bottom of the key ring.

The key ring is included in the meter for the elasticity test.