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Homework Help: The ever present problem of the egg-drop

  1. Mar 21, 2008 #1
    So, as I'm sure you all have guessed, I am that helpless physics student completely incapable of figuring out how to make an apparatus to protect a raw egg. I would SO GREATLY appreciate any and all suggestions that anyone has to offer. Thank you so much :)

    The rules:
    1. The container must be built only with toothpicks and glue. "Glue" means a bonding agent such as Elmer's white glue, Super Glue, or hot glue. It does not mean tape.
    2. All glue must be dry when submitted for qualification.
    3. The total mass of the egg package should be a maximum of 40 grams, excluding the weight of the egg.
    4. The structure should not rotate during fall. (It can though, so if you have some great idea and this is the only preventing factor, no worries)
    * If you have any ideas of how to meet all the above AND make it fall fast, that would be greatly appreciated.

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  3. Mar 21, 2008 #2
    my suggestions:
    1) make sure u don't have sharp corners ...
    2) if u going to use it only for one time , try to make it sure that it breaks without damaging the egg (I think it would be easier to make such structure)
    3) make the base wider (like pyramid)
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