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Egg Drop Experiment

  1. Dec 17, 2007 #1
    Hey Guys,

    I know that this has been posted before, but mine is slightly different.

    Our instructor only provides:

    5 medium rubber bands
    5 sheets of 8.5 X 11 paper
    20 inches of scotch tape
    20 inches of string

    We can only use the materials he provides us.

    Can you please give me ideas for helping me constructing a protection for the egg from cracking?
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  3. Dec 17, 2007 #2


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    What have you learned by reading back over the old PF threads about this project?
  4. Dec 17, 2007 #3
    Depends on how you have to protect the egg. Is it dropping always in the same orientation? Do you need to protect it so it can be dropped from any orientation? ie: Dropping it from 2 inches is a different solution than from 6 feet. Dropping it on its side has different constraints than dropping it if it were tumbling (either slowly or quickly)

    What are the specifics of the problem you need to solve?
  5. Dec 18, 2007 #4
    we're droping it from 3 meters.
  6. Dec 18, 2007 #5


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    You are trying to reduce the maximum force on the egg. since F = m a, you do this by reducing the rate of deceleration, that is make the egg stop more slowly when it hits the ground.

    You might want to look up "crumple zones" in cars.
  7. Dec 18, 2007 #6


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    One thought would be to use 4 of the sheets for a parachute canopy (held open by you at release), and the other sheet for a crumple pad thing taped underneath. Wonder if that would work.... (walking off to mock one up....)
  8. Dec 19, 2007 #7


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    A parachute could definitely help you land so that the egg stays on top of whatever you use to cushion the fall.

    I imagine there are several ways to build the cushions. Looking at an egg crate from the store might give you some ideas. Think about the geometrical structures you can build with paper and tape (cylinders, cones, pyramids, whatever) and how you might use them to build something that will cushion the fall.
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