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Create a car to pick up a ballon, travel a distance, and pop it

  1. Sep 10, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    We need to create a vehicle that will travel 6 feet, pick up a ballon, bring it back to the start, and then pop the balloon.
    For power we need to use mousetraps. We cannot modify the balloon, only the car.



    3. The attempt at a solution
    We have thought of using a string to wind up the second mouse trap and than having it release to go back. We are unsure of what to do otherwise.
    Thanks!
     
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  3. Sep 10, 2014 #2

    BiGyElLoWhAt

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    6 feet is a good distance, do you think 1 mouse trap on either side will provide sufficient power?
     
  4. Sep 10, 2014 #3

    phinds

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    Depending on the weight of the car, I think two mousetraps should be plenty to get it 6ft and back. You just have to figure out a way to convert the energy in the spring into rotational energy. Another big problem is how do you get it to stop once it gets to the balloon?
     
  5. Sep 10, 2014 #4

    BiGyElLoWhAt

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    Into rotational energy? The mouse trap pretty much does that by itself. Did you mean translational kinetic energy?
     
  6. Sep 10, 2014 #5

    phinds

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    Well, I meant rotation of the wheels
     
  7. Sep 10, 2014 #6

    BiGyElLoWhAt

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    Ahh my bad.
     
  8. Sep 10, 2014 #7

    phinds

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    jet55 you really need to thrown out some idea of your own, otherwise it just looks like you are asking us to do it for you.
     
  9. Sep 10, 2014 #8

    BiGyElLoWhAt

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    Word yo
     
  10. Sep 10, 2014 #9

    phinds

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    I have no idea what "word yo" means. Please speak English.
     
  11. Sep 10, 2014 #10

    BiGyElLoWhAt

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    haha. It's how you concur in ebonics. So technically it is almost english =P
     
  12. Sep 10, 2014 #11

    BiGyElLoWhAt

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    And that equals sign capital p is a computer generated person sticking his tongue out. (Just giving you a hard time phinds) =]
     
  13. Sep 10, 2014 #12

    phinds

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    I don't mind the hard time, just do it in English.
     
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