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Mousetrap Project Report- Part IV. The problem for the mousetrap car is to get a car powered by two standard size mousetraps to carry a payload of 350 grams a distance of thirty-five feet. In order to accomplish this task we needed to attempt to minimize the components of friction between moving parts on the vehicle. This needed to be done in order to maximize the power from the springs of the mousetrap which is driving the vehicle forward. In order to maximize the power of the spring we also needed to find a way to transfer the power of the spring to the axel of the vehicle in order to power the car. V. When we started to search for information we began by looking up simple mousetrap designs. We figured that we should at least look into successful designs that went a good distance even if they were not carrying a payload. This allowed us to come up with multiple designs as starting points for our own car and then also have backup ideas if one design turned out not to fulfill the requirements of the project. When looking for starting point designs, we also looked into different materials to try for the car in order to try to find the best material for each part that would give the overall design the qualities necessary to fulfill the requirements of the project. The main source of our information came from the internet and from people who had made these cars in the past. This was actually a good source of information as we could see people make the cars in a video, and have them both explain their choice of material and see how the vehicle performs in general. This particular means of gathering information allowed us to get a good idea of what we would need in order to get our car to go the distance we needed it to, and allowed us to quickly search which material of particular design would be most applicable to the needs of our car. VI. Constraints and Criteria Constraints- 1. The vehicle must travel a minimum distance of thirty-five feet. The vehicle must meet this criteria in order to be successful and that is why this is a constraint. When taking this distance
into account, our team tried to make sure that our vehicle could draw enough power from the mousetraps in order to go the thirty-five feet that was required.

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