St. Barnabas School
The purpose of this experiment was to understand the ideas of acceleration, force, and gravity. I became interested in this experiment when I saw a Youtuber dropping IPhones from the top of a building and seeing what kept the phones safe and what didn’t. The information gained from this experiment will help others by giving them an idea of the physics behind the egg dropping.
The title of the article that I researched is Background Information on Egg Drop Experiments by Joel. The article talks about the laws about Isaac Newton's three laws of motion, force, mass, and acceleration, equal and opposite forces, and conservation of energy. Newton’s first law says the forces on an egg will make the egg stay in motion until it hits the ground making the forces equal so that it stays at rest. The second says that the heavier the egg and its protective method the faster it will move. The third laws shows that if the materials used to protect the egg exert an equal force the egg won’t break. This article connects to my experiment because it explains how the laws of motion apply to my egg drop.
What protective methods will cause the egg not to break?
My hypotheses are that if the egg is surrounded by a soft material that is then covered in a hard shell, then the egg will not break and if the contraption is heavier, then it will travel faster. I base my hypothesis on Newton’s three laws and the fact that this method will absorb the force of the ground.