GENERAL OBJECTIVE

To construct a car powered by a mousetrap.



The car works when one end of a string is tied to the arm on the mousetrap and the other end is wound around an axle. By winding the string around the axle the mousetrap's spring is stretched providing stored energy. As the mousetrap is released it pulls the string off of the axle causing the wheels to turn and making the car move.
PROJECT

The objective of this project is to design a Mousetrap Car for maximum DISTANCE and to demonstrate an understanding of the Physics principles
behind the design and performance of a Mousetrap Car. 

The project consists of 5 phases as follows:
- Mousetrap Car Design
- Mousetrap Car Construction
- Mousetrap Car Performance
- Mousetrap Car Physics Analysis
- Mousetrap Car Self-Assessment

The final grade will be evaluated using
the Project Assessment Criteria.

All designs must follow the PROJECT RULES

TIMELINE

Tuesday April 14 Materials are DUE, construction started

Thursday April 16 Mousetrap cars must be completely assembled
and  Physics Analysis Part 1 DUE

Monday April 20 Mousetrap cars will be evaluated
Physics Analysis Part 2 and Self Assesment DUE
USEFUL LINKS

General Links

Physics of Mousetrap Racers
All physics concepts involved are clearly explained.
Mousetrap Cars by Doc Fizzix
A commercial site with the best information about the cars.
Mousetrap Cars Help Center
Index of brief articles on various aspects of a mousetrap car
Basics of Propulsion
Making a Long Distance Mousetrap Car
Designing a Car for Distance Information
Construction Tips and the Physics Behind Mousetrap Cars

Mousetrap Car Construction Tips:
Rolling Friction, Pulling Force, Axle-to-Wheel Ration, Starting Energy
and  Wheel Traction
Additional Construction Tips: Building a Big Wheel, Decreasing Rotational Inertia, Getting Better Traction and Adjustable Steering

Building Mousetrap Cars Additional Links


Mousetrap Car Picture Galleries

Picture Gallery of Mrs. Gende's HIES Projects
Picture Gallery of Mrs. Gende's Greenhill Projects
Picture Gallery of Distance Records
Picture Gallery from Brown MS