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Homework Help: Egg catcher experiment

  1. Oct 20, 2014 #1
    Hello, I'm looking for any ideas that you geniuses may have!
    We have to design a device that will catch a (hardboiled) egg from 7 meters high.
    It can be made from any material/objects but must be under 5 cm tall (the sides can be as wide as wanted) and must be self-supporting.
    The device will be placed on hard wood.

    I've been looking up some ideas online, and figured I'd ask on here as well.

    Thanks for any ideas!!
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  3. Oct 20, 2014 #2


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    What have you found so far? What are the relevant equations and concepts involved in this type of project?
  4. Oct 20, 2014 #3
    If it was me I would probably weigh an egg, and figure how fast it is going after falling 7 meters. It should offer some clues as to the momentum the device is required to absorb. Ignoring air resistance will give a higher estimate, if that proves unrealistic you can probably get pretty close by assuming the egg is a sphere. In this I am assuming the egg is supposed to survive the ordeal.
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