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Mr. Graeber Honors Physics 9 12 January 2015 Mousetrap Car Conceptual Physics Analysis And Report We originally conceived a mousetrap so grand that it would make a Lamborghini look like a toy car molded out of melted crayons. We begun the creation process, but we quickly realized that the dream of a Luxury Sports-Mousetrap Car could not be realized with the materials that we had. We decided to buy parts for the car that could work well together to create the synergy of the vehicle that we designed. One of the things that we did to make this mousetrap car the best on Earth was add the part in the front that swiveled, so that we could adjust how straight the car would go. With this, we could change the car on the fly if the wheels were bent (or any other comparable problem) which would cause the car to turn slightly when it was driving. We also decided to use Cd’s because they would cause the car to move farther than if we used something smaller than a Cd. The car was also made out of balsa wood, which is very light. This is important because mass negatively affects acceleration, so the less mass there is on the car, the more acceleration it will have, which is essential for making a car that can reach far distances. These are just a few examples of things that we did to make optimize our mousetrap car for race day. (A Luxury Sports-Mousetrap Car would be nice! : o ) The following is the Conceptual Physics Analysis questions and answers in which we were asked to incorporate in our work: 1. What are the two types of friction that affect the performance of your car?
2. What problems related to friction did you encounter and how did you solve them?

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