Team Members • Reed Watson • William Reese • Justin Murphy • Dallas Hinds (left to right)
Parts Used • Hot Wheels Car, starting area, and track • Hammer • Two Forks • Allen Wrench • Duct Tape • Empty Toilet Paper Roll • Two Shelves • Wadded up piece of paper • Trash Can
What’s Going On • Car Released from top of track • Car rolls down track and flies off of ramp • Flying car hits the hammer in mid-air
Now What’s Going On • Hammer falls and lands on the see-saw • See-saw changes position and throws the wad of paper in the air • The paper wad flies and lands in the trashcan (we hope)
Energy Conversions • The car begins with potential energy at the top of the hill and is converted to kinetic energy. • There is then an elastic collision between the car and the hammer giving the hammer a final velocity. • The see-saw then exerts a force on the paper wad and causes it to fly into the trash can.
Conclusions • The main objective was to do something cool. • It’s hard to design a cool project without blowing something up (fires should have been encouraged instead of prohibited). • The second best thing is to make something fly or get hit with a hammer and it’s still kind of cool.