30 July 2005

Scott used the analytical balances at Miramar today to weigh his protective containers for the Egg Drop assignment from his physics class. The first design didn't work well at all. This one, on this particular drop, also broke the egg, but was somewhat better. The idea is to protect a raw egg from a fall from a height, using a container with a mass no more than 60 grams and dimensions no larger than a 20-cm cube. We used the second floor walkway of the new science building as our starting point, dropping the egg onto the concrete below. Scott also tried throwing the egg onto a nearby parking lot. We think he has a pretty good design, but the actual dropping point at the high school seems a little bit higher. We may need to go our for a few more test drops.