To make a mousetrap car move, string must be attached from the lever arm to the axle and wound around it then when the mousetrap car is released, the string is pulled from the drive axle, causing it to move forward you need a mousetrap car base, a mousetrap, string, a long lever arm and an axle. If you've ever used a spring-release mousetrap for its intended purpose -- or had your finger clamped in its explosive grasp -- you know how amazingly powerful such a tiny package can be but did you know that the same power can be harnessed to propel a car ok, so it has to be a very small car, but. You can make the building of a mousetrap-powered car a truly do-it-yourself affair by scrounging up parts from around your house and maybe the local hardware store or you can find a kit that has all the parts and instructions included if you go that route, look online or try your local hobby shop.
Detailed plans are available please view my video response to see how to actually build the car. Use a narrow rear axle assuming your car is a rear-wheel drive car, each time your rear axle turns, the rear wheels turn if your rear axle is extremely skinny, your mousetrap car will be able to turn it more times for the same length of string than it would if it were wider. What is a mousetrap car a vehicle powered by the stored energy (potential energy) of a spring device of a mousetrap a mousetrap is a simple machine because it uses mechanical advantage to multiply force.
In this engineering project, you'll be learning how to harness the potential energy in a mousetrap to power a model car by the end of the lesson. Overview and background mousetrap cars convert spring energy into kinetic energy through linear and circular motion by experimenting with mousetrap cars, your students can learn about gear ratios, circumference and radius, lever arms, friction, conservation of energy, velocity, work, and spring constants. Designed this car to be cut out of acrylic with a waterjet mousetrap is supposed to go in the rectangular cut out in the middle of the system bearings provided by mcmaster-carr. A mousetrap is a specialised type of animal trap designed primarily to catch and, usually, kill micemousetraps are usually set in an indoor location where there is a suspected infestation of rodentslarger traps are designed to catch other species of animals such as rats, squirrels, other small rodents, or other animals. 2 what is a mousetrap car and how does it work a mouse trap-powered racer is a vehicle that is powered by the energy of a wound-up mousetrap's spring.
Use mousetrap cars to make hands on connections with concepts such as energy, friction, momentum, and simple machines. Mousetrap car adam, ameed, and tareq 3/14/2016 abstract adam amad this paper will include information about newton's three laws of motion, pollution, solar cars in palestine, and mousetrap. Knowledge and skill builder 2: the relationship between force, speed, and distance traveled where would you attach the string on the extension rod to make the car go further - toward the top, or toward the bottom of the rod.
Latest version of the quicky mousetrap using foam block chassis for a summer class entitled “engineering through models” introduction almost everything i know about mousetrap cars i can credit to reading this book from doc fizzix’si highly recommend purchasing this book and also a mousetrap car kit from doc fizzix’s. A mousetrap car project is an interesting, yet sort of a harrowing project however, all the same it is fun it is often used in physics classes to help students understand concepts in physics and faculties related to mechanics. 1) how does a mousetrap car work b how is the string connected to the axle with the mouse trap in the axels with a wire or tape or tied 2)where should you place the mousetrap for the best performance if you want speed b if you are building a mousetrap vehicle for distance going forward and.
One of my sons friends stayed over yesterday and mentioned in passing he'd been assigned to make a mouse trap car for school i thought about how i had lots of fun making those way back and decided to make one out of scraps off my desk and document it. Figure 1 student handout: building and racing rules for the mousetrap car project directions: in addition to building and “racing” a mousetrap car, you will be required to understand the physics of your car by taking measurements and calculating your car’s efficiency. Use the spring-loaded action of a mousetrap to make a real working car start by removing the “hold-down bar” from the mousetrap the “hold-down bar” is the long, slightly hooked bar that dangles off of one end of the trap don’t throw the piece away, though as you will use it later.