Jack could have lived in ‘Titanic’ and these teens did the damn math to prove it

The debate about whether or not Jack would have (or should have) perished in the movie Titanic is a contentious one that’s been raging for years. Many fans believe that Jack’s death could have been prevented if Kate Winslet had simply moved over and allowed him to float on the door next to her.

Well, fortunately for all of us, a group of whip-smart teenage girls in England recently made some calculations which will hopefully put this never-ending query to rest.

Three teenage Westminster students recently took home an award from the National Maths Talent Quest for proving (via mathematics) that the fictional Jack Dawson did not actually have to die in the frigid water.

As The Advertiser reports, “Abigail Wicks, Christy Zhang and Julia Damato used their own research and mathematical formulae to discover the lovers would have made it if they both stayed on the door and put their life jackets underneath it to stay afloat.”

Yep — apparently, the students’ clever calculations support the theory that Jack could have made the impromptu door-raft work.

“We looked at how buoyant the door would have been, and how that would have changed if there were people on top of that,” 15-year-old Abigail told The Advertiser. “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.”

This is not the first time that this conundrum has been addressed. Mythbusters also did a special episode in 2012 in which they proved that, yes, Jack could have, in fact, fit on the door.

Titanic Director James Cameron has even weighed in on the argument, and says that, while perhaps possible, such quick problem-solving isn’t really probable. “OK, so let’s really play that out: you’re Jack, you’re in water that’s 28 degrees, your brain is starting to get hypothermia,” he told the Daily Beast during an interview. “MythBusters asks you to now go take off your life vest, take hers off, swim underneath this thing, attach it in some way that it won’t just wash out two minutes later — which means you’re underwater tying this thing on in 28-degree water, and that’s going to take you five to ten minutes, so by the time you come back up you’re already dead. So that wouldn’t work. 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.”

Look, guys: it’s been 84 years. (Or, at least, it’s felt that way.) Let’s all just agree that while it was mathematically possible for Jack to find a way to fit on the floating door, that’s not what actually ended up happening in the movie, so what does it f*cking matter? 

Fictional Jack is dead. Let him rest in peace without perpetually shaming him for his lack of ingenuity. Sheesh!

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