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Homework Help: Fragile Egg Container Help!

  1. Nov 14, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    My has is having a in-class project and I want to be prepared for it. The objective is to build an egg container, as fragile and possible, meaning that it will hold the egg strong and prevent it from cracking. How this project is evaluated is by throwing the egg container, with the egg inside, a distance and the egg must not crack. If the egg cracks, the given mark is zero. The egg must be raw.Here is the evaluation for this project:
    If thrown over 8 meters: 20/20
    over 6 meters: 16/20
    over 4 meters: 14/20
    over 2 meters: 12/20
    cracked egg: 0/20

    The materials allowed to build the egg container are:
    -five sheets of used 8.5" x 11" paper
    -one meter of clear tape
    -one mater of string
    -100cc of white glue
    -one large uncooked egg.

    The appearance of the container is not evaluated.
    I am only allowed one throw.

    2. Relevant equations
    I was thinking simply wrapping everything around the egg. First, tied the egg with the one meter string. Then, i crumble the papers and pack it around the egg five times. lastly, i taped all around the container, sort of like making a tape ball. I don't know what the glue can be used for.
    3. The attempt at a solution
    I have attempted the method above. It works, but I tried it out on my apartment floor, with is carpet. Then I've tried it again by throwing the container against a wall with relatively high strength from about five meters away, and the egg cracked. I don't know if what I've attempted is equivalent to throwing the container over 8 meters.
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