Egg Drop Challenge

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The Egg Drop Challenge

In this project groups had to drop an egg in a device they created from different heights and have the egg not crack. The group’s device and egg survived the ceiling drop, though it didn’t survive the foyer drop. To try and have the egg not crack the group had to use Newton’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd laws along with information on momentum and impulse momentum. These laws explain why the group designed the device the way they did and why the egg cracked when dropped from the foyer.
Newton’s 1st law, also known as the law of inertia, states that an object at rest will stay at rest and an object in motion will stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside or unbalanced force. Inertia is acting within the egg drop through the
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The 2nd law relates to the egg drop from how to lower the force they had to make sure they lowered the mass and the acceleration. To lessen the acceleration they attached a parachute so the egg would drop slower. And the acceleration of the device actually was quite low, it was 1.64 m/s/s from the ceiling and 1.38 m/s/s from the foyer. But one thing they overlooked was the mass of the device. From the ceiling drop the device had a mass of only .0003 kg. But after that they decided to put more scraps of paper in the cup to try and take the force of impact and added more tape to keep the whole thing secure but all those extra materials put the mass up to .083 kg. So overall they actually didn’t lower the force because they only focused on lowering acceleration and not mass which caused the egg to crack when it hit the floor from the foyer…show more content…
This relates to the egg drop from how they knew that the reaction of the floor hitting the egg, would be equal to the action force of the egg hitting the floor. So they wanted the reaction force to not go directly to the egg, which is why they added the popsicle sticks, so that the reaction force wouldn’t be on the egg it would be on the popsicle sticks. It’s also why they decided to add scraps of paper around the egg thinking that those would also take some of the blow from the reaction force. Though that extra weight was their downfall because it just made the action force more which made the reaction force more because of Newton’s 3rd law which states the action and reaction forces are
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