Those who have seen the 90s top blockbuster film Titanic, and were moved by the tragic ending to the love story of Rose and Jack may find the “discovery” of a group of Australian schoolgirls even more heart-breaking- that Rose could have saved Jack if only the lovers were smart enough to do one trick.
A group of schoolgirls from Adelaide has the answer to a persistent question that has been nagging fans of the 1997 mega-hit film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet for 20 years now- that is, could Rose have saved Jack? The girls say that based from a mathematical formula, the couple could have both survived the sinking ship, if they thought of one simple trick.
Westminster students Abigail Wicks, Christy Zhang, and Julia Damato used a mathematical formula to illustrate how the lovers could have perpetuated their love story. In the movie’s tragic and heart-wrenching ending, after the ship goes down, Jack and Rose tried to clamber onto a piece of debris in the freezing cold North Atlantic Sea.
It appears then that there was only a room for one of the lovers on the door, and Jack made the ultimate sacrificing of giving way to Rose. The Australian school girls now contest that the two of them could have both stayed on the door if only they thought of putting their life jackets underneath it to float to safety.
One of the students, Abigail, said of their analogy: “We looked at how buoyant the door would have been, and how that would have changed if there were people on top of that.”
The student also added: “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.”
The girls won the Year 10 section of the National Maths Talent Quest with their Titanic discovery. It is a talent quest with the student- participants reporting on a mathematical inquiry. Winners are announced in each state.