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Mouse Trap Car Competition Objective: Build a vehicle powered solely by the energy of one standard-sized mouse trap, (1 3/4” X 3 7/8”) that will travel the greatest linear distance. Regulations: 1. The device must be powered by a single Victor brand mouse trap (1 3/4” X 3 7/8”). Other brands may be used if permitted by the teacher. 2. The mousetrap cannot be physically altered except for the following: 4 holes can be drilled only to mount the mousetrap to the frame and a mousetrap’s spring can be removed only to adjust the length of the mousetraps lever arm. 3. The device cannot have any additional potential or kinetic energy at the start other than what can be stored in the mousetrap’s spring itself. (This also means that you cannot push start your
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Unformatted text preview: vehicle.) 4. The spring from the mousetrap cannot be altered. 5. The spring cannot be wound more than its normal travel distance or 180 degrees. 6. Vehicles must be self-starting. Vehicles may not receive a push in the forward direction or side direction. 7. The vehicle must steer itself. Measurements of distance will not measure the total distance traveled only the displacement distance. 8. Distance will be measured from the front of the tape at the starting line to the point of the vehicle that was closest to the start line at the time of release. 9. The instructor has the final decision as to the appropriateness of any additional items that might be used in the construction of the racer....
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