Learning engineering fundamentals from mousetrap cars
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Goal of Activity To teach middle school students some fundamentals of engineering, specifically, torque To show them how forces due to torque translate into acceleration of the mousetrap car. Learning Engineering Fundamentals from Mousetrap Cars. How the Children Will Learn

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Learning engineering fundamentals from mousetrap cars

  • Goal of Activity

  • To teach middle school students some fundamentals of engineering, specifically, torque

  • To show them how forces due to torque translate into acceleration of the mousetrap car

Learning Engineering Fundamentals from Mousetrap Cars

  • How the Children Will Learn

  • As the torque arm gets longer, the acceleration lessens, but the distance traveled lengthens

  • As the torque arm gets shorter, the acceleration increases, but the distance traveled shortens

YoungJooJeong

Jonathan Goettler

David Torres

  • What the Children will Learn

  • The force from the mousetrap torque depends inversely on the length of the arm

  • The acceleration depends directly on this force

  • Therefore, the acceleration is inversely proportional to the length of the torque arm


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