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#1 User is offline   Matt 

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 06:28 PM

So, some of you may remember that a while ago I made a thread asking for suggestions and help on my egg drop project for physics.

While most of you gave similar ideas, somebody mentioned using a box with panty hose inside streched across, holding the egg in the middle. I did this one being that the materials were readily available and the idea was simple.

On the first drop was yesterday at approxamity 20 feet, it survived.

Than, today was the fireman drop. Firemen came to our school, loaded up their cherry picker and dropped them. It was about a 100 foot drop. It might have been more.
Mine survived that too. B)
I just want to say thanks to those who helped me with my project.


Alot of the designs where really lame though. Like 2 big sponges, with the middle carved out for an egg, than the 2 pieces duct taped together. SOO many people did that. Although they worked, it was pretty lame that people had such unoriginal ideas.
Some other people had cool designs, like when it hit the ground, the egg poped out the side and rolled to safety.

For next years egg drop, I think the physics teachers need to ban the use of foam, sponges, or any other similar material.
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 06:31 PM

nice man. got pics? and what kind of box did you use?
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 06:33 PM

Just a shipping type box. No pics though :/
My teacher took some. I'll see if I can get pics from him.
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 06:35 PM

ya know what.....i think most ppl's ideas were like "if it can absorb water, it can absorb impact energy!" B) i wouldve used a parachute, but ur idea worked good :D
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 06:38 PM

i just did an egg drop too, 9 sheets of cardstock (all we could use) folded into rectangular prisms in a 3x3 block. egg was in the middle of the center one, it worked great and was strong enough to stand on
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 06:59 PM

Any size limit? If not all you do is get a bunch of straws and combine them into a huge lattice work in 3D. Put the egg in the middle securely. It reaches terminal velocity in a few seconds. We dropped ours back in high school off the back of the stadium bleachers (about 70 feet) and it easily survived.

If there was so size limit, make something really big but light so the force of drag slows it down. Ours was only about 2 feet across (roughly round).

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 07:22 PM

our limit was 1 foot by 1 foot
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