# Egg Drop Lab Report

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In this egg drop project, a container was built to house one egg and was then dropped at various heights. The purpose of this lab was to find how impact time affected the force with which an object, the egg container, hits another surface as the momentum moves to zero. Our hypothesis states that if the impact time is stretched longer then the force exerted on the egg would decrease, making the egg less likely to break. The independent variables for the egg drop project was the height at each drop; the dependent variables were impact time and survival of the egg. The controls were mass, design of the container, and the egg. The container was built to decrease the impact of the force at each drop. The container was able to successfully protect…show more content…
To find the momentum of the highest drop, the mass of the container with the egg inside it, 0.600 kg, was collected, and the final velocity of 15.0 m/s was calculated. This velocity was calculated by multiplying gravity by the time it took for the container to fall this distance. The final velocity and mass were then multiplied together to get the momentum, which is 9.00 kg m/s. Impulse is the change in an object 's momentum and can quantify the overall effect of a force acting over a specific time. To find the impulse for the highest drop, the value of the force exerted on the container was calculated by multiplying the mass with gravity, which equals 5.89 N. This force was then multiplied by the time it took for the drop, 1.53 s, which equalled an impulse of 9.01 Ns. The impulse and momentum is the same because, in a collision, an object experiences a force for a specific time interval that results in a change in momentum. The result of the force acting causes the object 's velocity to either change speed or direction. In conclusion, the impulse experienced by the object equals the change in momentum of the object, which can be seen in equation Ft = m Δ