Just a general physics question that I was thinking about. I posted it here because I assumed it is a general question that is easy to most experts. I apologize if something similar was posted before, but I couldn't find anything asking in a way I needed to think about it. Let's say I'm doing an egg drop type of project. Make a container to put an egg in, drop it from some height, calculate some important info. Let's say I know an egg cracks at around 60 N of force. If I used the Ft = m (change in) v, which mass would I use to calculate the momentum change: the mass of the egg itself or the mass of the egg + the container?
If the answer is egg only, then the mass of the container doesn't really matter for whether an egg can survive a fall, only the collision time it takes to change its (only the egg's) momentum. If the answer is egg + container, then a higher collision time is needed for the egg to survive in a container compared to the egg alone due to a bigger momentum change.
This got me thinking about Force in a way that I don't totally understand. An egg strapped to a container colliding with the ground. Does the egg experience the same momentum change and force as the rest of the container? Does every part and every molecule of an object experience the same amount of force when it collides with something as every other part?
Ft = m (change in) v
The Attempt at a Solution
Thanks for the insight