Physics can be fun and Syracuse University physics professor Sam Sampere says that science can be found in every day activities, including the holidays. Sampere took a traditional table cloth and demonstrated what can happen when the friction between the plate and the table cloth interact.  Because the cloth was moved so quickly, the force dragging the objects on the table prevented it from hitting the floor.

Another popular turkey day tool helps to keep your turkey juicy, but how does it work actually? Sampere shared the basics of air pressure and just how the force of air can expand to fill or let go of the liquids in a turkey baster.

Sampere’s example’s are some of the ways he says science is part of everyday life. And while Thanksgiving is a great time to gather with the family, it can also bring on a fun physics lesson or two.

For more information about Sam and the Physics department at Syracuse University visit http://physics.syr.edu.