Physics Mousetrap Car Competition
Event Description: Teams of two or three people will build a mousetrap-powered car designed to travel a maximum distance in a straight line.
- The car must be powered by a single spring mouse trap.
- The mouse trap may not be modified in any way except to attach it to your car.
- The car may be any size, shape, or weight.
- As always, a good design and quality construction are contributing factors toward success.
Scoring: Each group will have a chance for three trials. Teams may work on their car between trials.
Logistics: Competition location may not be revealed until the actual competition. Teams should prepare for competition on a variety of surfaces.
Reflection: As a team, submit your answers to the following questions:
- Analyze your mousetrap car's motion:
- How far did your car travel horizontally?
- How long did your car take to travel this far?
- What was your car's average velocity?
- How did your group maximize the work done by the mousetrap spring on your car?
- What role did friction play in the performance of your car? Did it aid or hinder?
- Beginning with the stored mechanical energy in the spring, explain the multiple transformations the energy goes through
- How did undertaking this project improve your understanding of work and energy?
- How did you feel about this project when it was first assigned?
- How do you feel about this project now that it has concluded?
- What would you have done differently as you and your team worked through this project?
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