It’s the one thing that gets debated more than anything when it comes to James Cameron’s Titanic – was there room for Jack on that door Rose was left floating on after the boat sank?
Now a group of students with way too much time on their hands have worked out the answer and it’s going to make a lot of Leonardo DiCaprio fans angry.
Everyone recalls the scene: Jack and Rose are forced into the icy waters of the Atlantic after the Titanic sinks. Fortunately, for Rose, a door floats by, with our heroine clambering onto it and out of the freezing waters.
Unfortunately, there’s “only room for one” on the door, with Jack left in the waters to freeze to death. Jack soon dies, with Rose pushing his rigid body away with the promise that she’ll never forget him.
Year 10 pupils Abigail Wicks, Christy Zhang and Julia Damato from Westminster School in Adelaide never forgot him either, which is probably why they were able to devise a math formula to show how both Jack and Rose could have survived.
According to their sums, both could have survived if they had simply put their life jackets underneath the floating door.These floatation jackets would have supported the wood of the door, allowing Jack and Rose to float away to safety.
Wicks, 15, told The Advertisor: “We looked at how buoyant the door would have been and how that would have changed if there were people on top of that.”
“There was a lot of exploring and testing and we had to fiddle with different buoyancies and look at what materials were realistic for that time.”
Damato, meanwhile, noted that the salt content in the water and its potential effect on the door’s buoyancy was also taken into consideration.
In any case, their hard work paid off, with the students picking up an award at the National Maths Talent Quest for their efforts.
It’s not the first time someone has tested out the Titanic theory. In 2012, Mythbusters tested out whether a door of similar size would support the weight of two men – it did.
The film’s director, James Cameron, thinks all of this is a load of rubbish though, arguing that the icy cold water would make it virtually impossible to pull off.
“His best choice was to keep his upper body out of the water and hope to get pulled out by a boat or something before he died,” he told Daily Beast.
We’re not so sure.
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