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Mouse Trap Racer
6 October 2011
Mouse Trap Racer
We designed our car to where it is quite complicated. Instead of four wheels we are using three because we believe it will lessen the friction. We also added a steering system and with the three wheels it allows us to easily turn the front wheel. In order to steer it we are using a protractor to position the angel and an eye screw connected to the axel to turn the wheel. The power source that makes it go is going to be the mouse trap.
We are extending the arm slightly so that it doesn’t peel out but it still goes fast enough to turn harder. If it does peel out we already thought before that we are going to put balloons on the wheels to help it even more from peeling out. For the activation mechanism we are going to keep the mouse trap how it is and add an extension bar. This involves the Law Of Motion because it’s using one force to push it into the opposite direction.
Our three wheeled mouse trap racer will be using acceleration as well. When we activate the mouse trap it would usually build up speed quickly. But we are going to be adding more grip to the wheels so they’ll stick slightly to the ground to build speed slower and therefore acceleration. Instead of our racer going fast in a second its building up speed up until it hits the turn. That is how acceleration is involved.
Finally we will be using friction which also involves the balloons. We believe that if we add the balloons it will reduce friction and therefore have more control over itself. The turning mechanism we are installing to it will have more effect because of the lack of friction the racer has from the balloons. Once the friction is reduced to a good enough level making that turn should be no problem.
Article posted October 19, 2011 at 10:43 AM •
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