Register to reply

How do you get a mouse trap car to go forward and then backward?

by dxmichelle
Tags: backward, forward, mouse, trap
Share this thread:
Oct16-04, 04:21 PM
P: 1
I need to build a mouse-trap car that goes forward 3 meters and goes backwards 3 meters by Monday... is that even possible? Pls, help me with ideas...
Phys.Org News Partner Engineering news on
A spray-on light show on four wheels: Darkside Scientific
Research project on accident-avoiding vehicle concluded
Smaller artificial magnetic conductors allow for more compact antenna hardware
Oct16-04, 07:52 PM
Sci Advisor
PF Gold
enigma's Avatar
P: 1,817
By Monday? You'd better get cracking.

Best guess is use 2 mousetraps... Fire them off one at a time.
Tom McCurdy
Oct16-04, 10:04 PM
P: 1,113
Why not have one wind a rubber band or something... you will have to adjust the tension but have it wind up then it should be able to get back..

Tom McCurdy
Oct16-04, 10:07 PM
P: 1,113
How do you get a mouse trap car to go forward and then backward?

my suggestion is to find a mousetrap car online and mondifty it with the wind up sequence

here is a site claming to have links to good directions on straight foward car
Tom McCurdy
Oct16-04, 10:08 PM
P: 1,113
here is some students who created a mousetrap car that went forward and backward with 2 traps like enigma said
Tom McCurdy
Oct16-04, 10:10 PM
P: 1,113
Another two trap foward/backward design
Oct17-04, 10:46 AM
Sci Advisor
HW Helper
P: 1,571
Tie the car to a string suspended from the ceiling?
Nov3-04, 09:47 PM
P: 183
Fix the mouse-trap FIRMLY to a little car. Fix the trap in a position such that when the wire thing comes to a stop, the momentum of anything attached to it will be in the direction the car will travel. Attach a weight to the end of that wire part. Put a spring on the front of the car. Put a firm support behind the car, so it can't jump backwards. Place a hard surface in front of the car, 3 meters away...

Register to reply

Related Discussions
Mouse Trap Car General Physics 3
Mouse trap! Classical Physics 1
Backward or forward in time? Special & General Relativity 8
Mouse Trap Car Introductory Physics Homework 7