By Sathya Gummadi
What is a PEP?
In order to completely and fully understand the complexities and scandals involved in marbles using PEPs, we must first understand what a PEP is. A PEP is a performance enhancing polymer (a polymer is a substance with a certain molecular structure that consists of numerous similar bonds).
How does PEPs help marbles go faster?
The most common and popular polymer used by marbles is Buckminsterfullerene. Buckminsterfullerene is an allotrope of Carbon, which resembles geodesic domes, that has a higher valency (measure of its combining power with other atoms when it forms chemical compounds or molecules) which allows for the marbles to have less drag and frictional forces acting while in movement. As the marble is moving through the air, the air resistance is reduced as the surface area cover is reduced by a significant percentage because of the chemical and isotopic properties of the polymers. Not only is the air resistance decreased, but also the drag coefficient is decreased along with lowered aerodynamic stress while the marble is moving at a constant acceleration and dynamic velocity.
Which teams are using PEPs?
Based off my initial calculations and test runs, I strongly believe that Team Momary, the Thunderbolts, Hazers, and the Balls of Chaos are the teams that have some players using these PEPs. The International Marble Committee must immediately test the marbles for any PEPs and take necessary actions to make sure that everyone has an equal and level playing field.