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Spaghetti Mouse Trap Car

  1. Jan 13, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    For school I have to make a mouse trap car out of spaghetti. Everything is made of Spaghetti except the wheel and axles and the power arm of the mouse trap. We are allowed to use 1 or 2 mouse traps, one to power the car and one for a demolition device. The mousetrap objective is to survive a crash.. (demolition) and a protect an egg which is housed in a spaghetti house no larger than 10 cm by 10 cm by 10cm. No more than 5 strands of spaghetti can be glued tigther or else it would defeat the purpose of this activity. For wheels only standard size and mini size CD-R or CD+R may be used. four wheels or 3 wheels is our choice and theres a weight limit of 500 grams and a length limit of 50 cm.

    2. Relevant equations

    1. Is it better to use a smaller wheel for the front of the car? I am aiming for speed; does smaller wheels in front help?

    2. I was thinking of making a mouse trap car with a point in front so that it can "spear" the other car during impact. Is this a good idea?

    3. Shoudl I attempt to make a demolition device with my 2nd mouse trap or should I just use 1 mousetrap to power? I heard that trying to use 2 moustraps to power the vehicle is not a good idea..

    4. Where should I put the egg? I would assume towards the front becasue of weight.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    see pic

    note: pic is of a proposed cage for the car..

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  3. Jan 14, 2007 #2
    Wow, i've heard of organic fuel but organic car?

    If you are simply aiming for speed, a vacuum track would be better but that is besides the point.

    No, I don't think wheels affect it that much but it might be necessary for you to use smaller wheels if the front side of you 'car' is smaller than the back for aerodynamics. If your design is simple it is not necessary in my opninion.

    Can you please state the mechanism of your car power, how it works? I can imagine several possibilities but how are you exactly planning on doing it?
  4. Jan 14, 2007 #3
    Mechanism is the mouse trap and the string which is wound around the back wheel axle...

    I'm planning to place the moustrap inside of the car (see pic) and put 1 wheel in front (I have to break X's infront) and two wheels with axles larger than the front ones.. thats about all.......

    I hope it'll survive the crash..

    I decided not to make a demolition witht he 2nd mouse trap but aimf or speed.. I'm thinkkng of using speed as my tool to break the other car...
  5. Jan 19, 2007 #4
    hey i think i may be able to help you
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2007
  6. Jan 19, 2007 #5
    can you post more pictures please? I can help you with more pictures. give me different angles.
  7. Jan 20, 2007 #6
    do you go o canyon...
  8. Jan 20, 2007 #7
    I do, Im in 1rst per trumble, we will win the destruction derby, we will win.
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