The Bounce-O-Meter

Have you ever found yourself saying something, and the very moment those ill-considered words passed your lips, there was a subtle foreshadowing that you had touched off a chain of events that would soon escaped your control? Well, I was reminded of one such historical gaffe from my teaching years this morning.
It all began innocuously enough in my high school Physics class when a student asked the disappointingly common question, “…but what will this REALLY be good for in the rest of my life?” My response was reflexive. “You can use the techniques and problem solving skills in addition to the knowledge of physical systems to understand literally ANYTHING in the world around you.”

Seems harmless enough right? But then I went on to say, “Pick a topic, …any topic whatsoever, and we will apply these techniques to analyze it.” And yes, that was where I had failed to truly anticipate the effect of surging hormones on pubescent males. What else could possibly be on the minds of teenage males? Of course they said, “BOOBS!”

It’s true, I could have said something like “…yeah, very funny. Pick another topic.” But I really wanted to get the students eyes out of the textbook and looking at the world around them in an analytical frame of mind. They were clearly already looking in that particular direction, and I don’t think I ever had a class achieve such rapt attention and engagement in any other prospect. In retrospect, students seem to have a keen sense of when a teacher is walking a razors edge, and I should have been more wary of their finely tuned instincts for instructional embarrassments. Well, I seized the day, as they say. What can I say? I was young and brash.

And so began my discourse on how one might go about designing a bra; mass, moments of inertia, oscillation, resonance, damping, elasticity, and energy storage in material design all figured prominently. I tried to move from diagrams of breasts in motion to more abstract free-body diagrams of forces and equations as quickly as possible, but the damage was done. I think it may have taken all of about 30 seconds after the class was dismissed for the news of my enlightened Physics lesson to be relayed across the school, to the entire student body, the faculty, the school administration, the parents and even the school board.

Fortunately, I had taken to preserving meticulous notes and audio tapes of the classes in anticipation of possible future publication opportunities, and they, and my rather dispassionate mathematical description of a fashion and textile design problem saved me from being fired the next day, though there was a right-wing contingent all a-twitter from their kids having heard the word “breast” uttered by a male teacher. My one consolation was that the students performed better on that unit of physical modeling than on any other. Engaged, indeed.

Thankfully, however, another firm has now taken up the challenge of properly modeling, simulating, rendering, and articulating (ahem) in fact, the issues surrounding proper sports bra design. If only I had had this tool available for my fateful lesson. Witness the Bounce-O-Meter, a web site application that demonstrates how proper bra design impacts comfort during strenuous activities.

Be sure to check out the wire-frame and fully rendered animated models here after you select a cup size and level of activity. Bare breasts, breasts encased in a traditional bra, and a set supported by the latest “Shock Absorber” bra can all be compared. Now THAT’s physical modeling.


Filed under Education, Humor

7 responses to “The Bounce-O-Meter

  1. Anonymous

    Fully sympathise. Phil

  2. Wife-at-large -- no, seriously

    Actually, I happen to own two of these bras, and whatever they did to design them was certainly effective. I can personally attest to the lack of bounce. Yes, but breathing is another matter entirely …

    I would include my cup size and level of activity in this comment, but then I’d feel a bit like someone had posted a naked picture … no movie! … of me on the Internet.

  3. <a href="">Buy Levitra</a>

    Great article! Thanks.

  4. <a href="">Phentermine</a>

    Thanks for interesting article.

  5. <a href="">Payday loans</a>

    Nice Blog!

  6. <a href="">Phentermine</a>

    Thank You! Very interesting article. Do you can write anything else about it?

  7. <a href="">buy Levitra Online</a>

    Very interesting site. Blog is very good. I am happy that I think the same!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s