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ImpulseMomentumApplications
Research(Eggproject)

IPurpose:

Thepurposeofthisexperimentwastoinvestigateanddemonstrate
awaythatgravitationalforcecanbeneglectedandprotectafalling
projectilefromdamaginganegglocatedontheinsideofit.Wewantedto
developanunderstandingofthephysicsbehindacollisionanduseitto
protectourdriverfromgettinginjuredinthecollision.

IIMaterials:

1. HotGluegun
2. HotGlue
3. PopsicleSticks(BigandSmallamountmayvary)
4. Straws(Amountmayvary)
5. Tape
6. Egg

IIIProcedure:

1. Createacagemadeofsmallpopsiclesticks(Donotglueoneof
thesides).Thiscagewillneedtobearound2cmbiggerthanthe
eggineverydirection.Thecompactnessofitwillpreventtheegg
frommovinginsidethecageandbecomemorepronetobreaking.
2. Reinforcethecagewithbiggerpopsiclesticks.Thiswilladdmore
protectiontotheegg.Thebiggerthemassofthecagethemore
impactforceitwillabsorb.

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3. Filltheinsideofthecagewithstraws.Thesoftinsidewillabsorbany
forcethatisabletogothroughthecage.Thiswillneedtofittheegg
sizetomakeitmorecompact.
4. Createapyramidonthebottomofthecage.Thiswillabsorbthe
forceoftheimpactandwilldecreasetheforcethatreachestheegg.
Thefactthatthepyramidisattachedtothesidesofthecagewill
alsomaketheleftoverforcetravelaroundthecageinsteadofall
goingtoonesideofthecage.
5. Addlargepopsiclestickstothesidesofthecage.Thiswillabsorb
anyforcecreatedduringthebounceaftertheinitialcollision.Itwill
alsopreventthecontainerfromgaininganyextraforceduringthe
dropasitwilladdmoreairresistancetoit.

IVExperiment:

1. Dropthecontainer(withtheegginit)fromaheightofatleast2
meters.
2. Checkthecontainerandrecordiftheeggbrokeorifitdidnt.

VObservations:

Thecontainerbrokealittle.Oneofthewingsusedforthebounce
brokeduringthefirstimpact,butthisdidntinfluencethefactthattheegg
didnotbrake.Mostofthecontainerwasabletosurviveandmaintainits
originalform.

VIConclusion:

1. Theeggwasabletowithstandthefallandtheimpact(Wehadto
modifyourcontainerafterthethirdtrial)
2. Amodificationiwoulddoforanothertrialwouldbetoaddmoreand
strongerwings.Thiswouldcreateabiggerairresistanceand,
therefore,decreasetheforceofthefirstimpact.Icouldalsotryto

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makemorepyramidsatthebottomofthecontainertoactasa
crumblezoneandabsorbmoreofthecollisionforce.
3. Thestructureoftheshapewasdeterminedbyacombinationof
currentdesignofracecarsandairplanes.Wedecidedtoadd
thewingsbecausetheywouldallowthecontainertoacquiremore
airresistancejustliketheydoinairplanes.Italsoresemblesmodern
racecarsbecausetheyhaveapointyend.Thispointyendabsorbs
moreoftheimpactforcebeforeitreachesthedriver.
4. Inordertoprotecttheeggwecreatedasoftandcompactinside.
Thesoftnesswouldabsorbanyenergythatwasabletoreachthe
insideofthecageandthreatentheegg.Thecontainerhadavery
compactinsidetopreventtheeggfrombouncinginsidethecage.
5. Theforceoftheimpactwasminimizedbytheadditionofthelateral
wingsandthepyramidend.Thewingsincreasedtheair
resistancewhichinturnactedagainsttheforceofgravity.The
pyramidendactedasacrumblezonethatwouldabsorbmoreof
theinitialforceofimpact.