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Homework Help: Egg Drop Project and Kinetic Energy

  1. Oct 18, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Our teacher has given us the weekend to go and work on the Egg Drop project. He's restricted us to 20g total mass and 6cm * 6cm * 30cm in size. Food, foam, bubble wrap is prohibited. Parachutes can be added but can not make it exceed 12cm * 12 cm * 30cm.

    So that's what was given. I'm curious if there's any well known recommended way to do this. I understand the main concept is to make Kinetic energy be transferred to the egg slowly over a longer distance (rather than the regular one point on the ground). Any suggestions?

    2. Relevant equations

    No real equations to plug in here, just more application of basic ideas of energy and motion.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    My main idea of doing it was to have multiple layers of paper the egg can fall through, the main problem would likely be securing the layers together. A piece of paper is approximately 4.5g, so the limit is basically 4 pieces of paper to be safe. I'd think maybe one piece for a tubing to secure the egg in, then do layers of paper on the way down, with tape securing them?

    Any other suggestions of methods or materials to use?
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  3. Oct 18, 2015 #2


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    Have you tried Google? An image search with the phrase "egg drop project ideas" returns lots of interesting techniques.
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