A3_10 Christmas Spirit

Sam Shingles, Daniel Potts, Eleanor Morton, Michele Capoccia, Rosie Hodnett


In this article we explore the amount of energy that can be produced from Christmas spirit. We investigated an event shown in the movie ‘Elf ’ where Santa Claus’ sleigh needs the energy of Christmas spirit to raise it off the ground and back into the air. We found that to raise the sleigh required a total Christmas spirit of 4.51 × 10^14 J which is a significant amount. We find that each person shown in the film would need to produce 2.89 × 10^12 J, yet if this Christmas spirit was shared amongst everyone in the world they would only need to produce 71.0 kJ.

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